'It's Quicker by Rail - Sixteen LNER Rambling Guides', poster, 1923-1947.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Poster produced for the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) to promote rail travel to districts popular with ramblers. The poster shows a group of young female rail passengers, seen through a railway carriage window. Artwork by Tom Purvis, who rallied for the professionalisation of commercial art. In 1930 he was one of the group of artists who founded the Society of Industrial Artists, which campaigned for improved standards of training for commercial artists in order to broaden their scope of employment. He became one of the first Royal Designers for Industry in 1936. This poster typifies Purvis' style, which was often characterised by flat, strong colours. Dimensions: 1016 mm x 1270 mm.