I’m really glad we don’t collect railway posters very seriously. Because we’d be stony broke by now. This year has just been sale after sale of high quality railway posters (with a fair slew of London Transport stuff too). And now, to round off the year, there’s another one.
Onslows’s December sale titles itself Vintage Travel Posters including Fine British Railway Posters. Which means posters like this, by the dozen.
Frank Sherwin, 1930, est. £800-1,200
And this. Which is quite interesting, because it’s by Brian Batsford, of book cover fame.
Brian Batsford, 1930, est. £800-1,200
Although there is also this too, which, as I think I have mentioned before, every right-thinking home should have a copy of.
Eric Lander, est. £700-1,000
Plus there’s lots of pictures of trains too, but I shan’t be bothering you with those today, or indeed on any other day. Apparently most of the collection comes from a single estate sale, although I think I can recognise a few things which did also appear at Morphets earlier this year.
Bruce Angrave, est. £250-300
Royston Cooper, 1959, est. £200-300
These Holiday Haunts posters by Abram Games and Tom Eckersley also appeared there as a single lot too – the Eckersley in particular is a fine thing.
Abram Games, 1960, est. £200-300
Tom Eckersley, 1962, est. £200-300
Elsewhere, it’s the usual Onslow’s miscellany. This poster seems to appear in almost every single sale they do, which at the price it goes for is quite an achievement.
Fortunino Matania, 1933, est. £6,000-8,000
This is the rarer version, apparently, because it’s overprinted with the logo of the Cheshire Lines Railway rather than the LMS. I have to say that I can’t quite bring myself to be bothered about the difference.
There’s also the usual selection of London Transport posters. I love this Sheila Robinson (which comes with four other posters, it’s all the rage these days).
Sheila Robinson, 1953, est. £200-300.
We once owned a LT poster by her and sold it. I still don’t know what was going through our minds at that point, and now every time I see one of her designs I am filled with remorse.
These James Fittons are also rather good too.
James Fitton, 1936, est. £400-600
James Fitton, 1937, est £200-300.
There’s also a complete set of four of these Austin Coopers, one of which featured in the last Christies.
Austin Cooper, 1933, est. £1,000-1,500
Although at that kind of estimate, a set of four is going to be a pretty substantial investment.
I also rather like this. And it’s a lot cheaper too.
John Farleigh, 1947, est. £200-300.
But then I am always a sucker for a chalk hillside figure.
There is still more to consider in there, but I’ve run out of time. So, World War Two posters and other miscellaneous bits and bobs next week. And an Advent calendar too.