Matching poster to artist, one local auction at a time…

A few interesting posters are coming up for auction next week at Dreweatt’s Bristol salerooms (if I remember rightly, they’re the ones in the converted church right at the top of Clifton).

Seven lots of posters have come from the family of the artist Percy Drake Brookshaw.  I’d never heard his name before, but this poster is very familiar.

Brookshaw vintage poster Bognor Regis

That’s mainly because it has come round at specialist poster auctions a few times.  It’s a good bit of 50s near-kitch, and so will probably go for rather more than the £60-80 estimate.  And now I know who designed it, so that’s something.

If you follow the above link to the London Transport Museum, you will see that Brookshaw designed some rather wonderful pre-war images for them.  Sadly, the posters that his family saved belong to his rather more whimsical post-war style, like this 1956 eulogy to Torquay.

brookshaw torquay vintage poster auction

The only other image which made me raise an eyebrow was the Post Office poster below.

GPO vintage parcels poster auction

That’s mainly because the more I look, the more of these ‘properly packed parcels please’ posters I discover.  We’ve got four to start with (I don’t quite know why because they are giant 40″ x 30″ Quad Crowns and I don’t think we’ll ever have the wall space for them), and they’re unusually good bits of 60s design.  I’ll blog about them properly one day.



This is an extra bonus post because, as if to underline what I said yesterday, this – or rather these as there are two of them on offer – popped up on eBay as well.

Abram Games vintage United Nations hunger poster

It’s a brilliant piece of design, but would I ever frame it and hang it on the wall?  Not really.  I don’t even want to just buy it and own it and stash it with all the ones that live under the spare bed,  Perhaps my taste simply isn’t good enough.

And in case you’re thinking that £50 seems a bit of a steal for this, even on the Bay, double check the dimensions.  It’s only 20 x 15 (ish, it seems to have shrunk a bit in the wash).