'Sunset over Guernsey', SR poster, 1939.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Poster produced for Southern Railway (SR) promoting the Channel Islands as a holiday destination via the embarking points of Southampton or Weymouth, which can be reached by the company's rail services. The poster shows a striking red and gold sunset over a broad expanse of sea, which reflects it. A steamship and a ship with sails are visible on the water, and Guernsey can be discerned in the distance. Artwork by Charles Pears, a marine painter in oil who was an Official Naval Artist during the World Wars. He worked as a poster artist for rail companies and other clients and was also a book illustrator. Dimensions: 1016 mm x 1270 mm.