Lithograph poster printed at the Baynard Press. Overall dimensions are 76 cms by 114 cms.
A pleasing example of this pre-war Shell poster, or 'lorry bill' if you prefer. A poster that was usually displayed on the side of a lorry delivering cans of oil and petrol to customers across the country. The artist featured in this example is Tom Gentleman. His son, David, the celebrated artist/illustrator, in his foreword to the recently published 'Shell Art and Advertising' ( Lund Humphries, 2021 ) recalls 'I once cycled with him to Ayot St Lawrence to see the curious Greek Revival church that had been chosen for a Shell poster. In the end he painted it accurately while also simplifying it, but he had to make three versions of it to get it right'.
Author Tom Gentleman
Condition There are some small areas of loss to the edges and some closed tears. The colours are strong and unfaded. The poster is protected by a conservation grade plastic sleeve and has been photographed thus - please excuse any reflected light in the pictures.