'Sunny South Sam', SR poster, 1939.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Poster produced for the Southern Railways (SR) to promote rail services to the sunny South Coast of England. Sunny South Sam made his debut in 1930 and quickly became a popular figure. He appeared in a variety of guises and often displayed Meteorological Office sunshine records for the South Coast resorts. Artwork by William Ramsden Brealey, who studied at the Sheffield School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He was a poster artist for the SR and also painted portraits. Dimensions: 1016 mm x 1270 mm.