Purvis, Tom

1920s Vintage Art Deco Mini Travel Poster, East Coast Harrogate

$120.00
  • 1920s Vintage Art Deco Mini Travel Poster, East Coast Harrogate

Purvis, Tom

1920s Vintage Art Deco Mini Travel Poster, East Coast Harrogate

$120.00

Date: 1920s
Size: image 5.5 x 9.25 inches; matted to 10.25 x 14.25 inches
Artist: Tom Purvis

In the 1920s, the British magazine Posters & Publicity was published by London The Studio as a commercial art annual which featured the best in modern advertisements, design, and posters. They contained numerous colour illustrations such as these mini travel posters advertising the East Coast and Harrogate (the British spa from Kings Cross) for London and North Eastern Railway.

Designed by Tom Purvis (1888-1959), a British painter and commercial illustrator who developed a bold, two-dimensional style using large blocks of vivid flat colour and eliminating detail. From 1923 to 1945 Purvis worked for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). During this time Purvis produced over 100 posters, around 5-6 per year or one every two months. He was allowed considerable freedom in his designs, and his posters for the LNER largely avoided depictions of the trains themselves, instead concentrating on portraying the resorts that were the holiday destinations of travelers and the leisure pursuits that could be enjoyed there. He became vital to LNER's advertising department as he was one of the major designers involved in the recognisable bold and graphic LNER poster style.

These mini posters is double matted in grey and red to 10.25 x 14.25 inches and ready to frame.