'Visit London in Coronation Year', BR poster, 1953.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Poster produced for British Railways (BR) promoting London as a place to visit in the year of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. The poster shows a procesion of the Queen's Guard on horseback, leaving Buckingham Palace (which is shown in the background along with the Victoria Monument) to travel down The Mall. Artwork by Gordon Nicoll, who studied at Southampton Art School and at Hornsey under Frank Hillyard Swinstead. He was a member of the London Sketch Club. A landscape painter in watercolour and oil, he designed posters for the London North & Eastern Raliway (LNER), including a memorable series on railway hotels.