'London Pride', GWR poster, 1946.
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Poster produced for Great Western Railway (GWR) to promote rail travel to London. The poster shows a view across the Thames to the Houses of Parliament from the Albert Embankment on the south bank of the river. This poster was made in 1946, just after London had survived the Second World War and looked forward to the future with hope. Frank Mason's series of posters of London do not depict the damage inflicted by the Blitz, but instead show life going on as normal. Artwork by Frank Henry Mason, who was educated at HMS Conway and spent time at sea. He painted marine and coastal subjects and was involved in engineering and shipbuilding.