'British Empire Exhibition,' LNER poster, 1925.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Poster produced for the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) to promote rail travel to the second season of the British Empire Exhibition, which was opened by King George V in May 1925. The poster shows a stylised sea-bird flying above a Viking sailing ship, while the border around the image depicts two soldiers and a number of exhibition pavilions, representing the colonies of the British Empire. Artwork by V Hicks and Charles 'Shep' Shepherd, who studied art under Paul Woodroffe and was head of the studio at the Baynard Pres. He designed posters for the Royal Mail Packet Steam Company and London Transport as well as SR.