Durham Castle. A post-card to the Castle, Durham will bring you a free booklet further illustrating its beauty
Published by the London & North eastern Railway. John Waddington Ltd Leeds & London. 1925
Image 990 x 1240 mm
A stunning original 1920's Rail Poster of Durham Castle.
story of railways in Britain is reflected in the development of the
railway poster. This commercial art form illustrates the major changes
that have occurred in British society over the years and captures the
spirit and character of British life. They are social documents of
British culture, illustrating the changing styles of art, patterns of
holidaymaking, urban and rural landscapes, architecture and fashion.
They also reflect the development of railway companies and their design
and advertising standards. It is hardly surprising that the "Golden Age"
of British railway posters coincided with the quarter-century following
the amalgamation in 1923 of almost all of the numerous small
independent companies into what came to be known as the "Big
Four"railways: the Great Western (GWR); the London, Midland, and
Scottish (LMS); the London and North East (LNER); and the Southern (SR).
The end of the Great War saw Britain with a public eager to travel -
and possessing a well-developed taste for the poster as a medium of
advertising. In the latter case the war itself provided continuity for
initiatives that began in peacetime, for the recruiting and saving and
funding campaigns needed to vanquish the Hun were waged largely on the
Nor is it surprising that the main visual thrust of
the railway poster campaigns during these years was directed towards the
anticipated delights of journey's end, and copies of posters were
routinely offered to - and eagerly purchased by the public, some of whom
might indeed have to settle more often for an idyllic image of
Britain's coasts or mountains in their rooms than for the real thing.
Taylor was born in London on March 22 1875, the son of William Taylor.
Taylor studied briefly at Goldsmith's College, London, where he won a
gold medal for his posters, and a travelling scholarship to study in
Italy. At some point working in the Waring and Gillow Studio, Taylor was
a poster artist, illustrator, decorator and a watercolourist.
Particularly noted as a poster artist from 1908 to the 1940s, and was
regularly commissioned by the LNER, EMB and shipping companies. Taylor
also exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, and other provincial
societies. Taylor's designs frequently referred to architectural
During the Second World War, Taylor was employed on
naval camouflage. He also executed commissions for London Transport,
including 'Back Room Boys', where the underlying concept and use of
central image with a surrounding border were probably taken from A S
Hartrick's series of lithographs on war work called Playing the Game,
1918, although 'their finely balanced colouring and their superb
draughtsmanship are peculiar to Taylor at his best'. Married to Florence
R Sarg, with a son and a daughter, Taylor is also remembered for his
decorating work, most notably for ceilings for the former Underwriter's
Room at Lloyds of London, and murals for Austin Reed's red laquer room
in 1930. He was also the author of a number of publications.
from: Livingston, A. and Livingston, I., Dictionary of Graphic Design
and Designers, 1992, p.187, London Transport Museum Database, February
2000, quoting Riddell, 1994, Darracott, J. and Loftus, B., Second World
War Posters, 1981 (1972), p.55
Condition: In excellent condition
with minor creases and repaired tears to left and right edges of sheet,
professionally laid to linen. Framed with perspex front.