'Melrose Abbey', LNER/LMS poster, 1923-1947.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Poster produced for London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) and London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) to promote rail travel to Melrose Abbey, Scottish Borders. The abbey was founded around 1136 by David I and was almost destroyed during the Wars of Independence. The ruins, which are predominantly fifteenth-century, are considered to be among the finest in Scotland. Artwork by Fred Taylor, who was commisioned in 1930 to design four ceiling paintings for the Underwriting Room at Lloyd's and murals for Reed's Lacquer Room. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and other London galleries and worked for LNER, London Transport and several shipping companies.