'The Britannia Tubular Bridge', LMS poster, 1923-1947.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Poster produced for London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) to promote rail services on the Irish Mail. The poster shows a view of the Irish Mail leaving the Britannia Tubular Bridge over the Menai Straits to Anglesey. The bridge opened in 1850 and was the work of the engineer Robert Stephenson (1803-1859). Artwork by Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971), who studied art at Portsmouth and Southsea Schools of Art. A famous marine painter, he designed posters for several railway companies and organised the Royal Academy series of posters for the London & Midlands Railway (LMR) in 1924.