Dudley Zoo and Castle

Dudley Zoo and Castle

Raymond Sheppard
£650.00

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  • Condition: B+/A- (Japan backed. Slight marks to margins)
  • Date: c.1955
  • Designer: Raymond Sheppard (1913–1958)
  • Printer: Waterlow & Sons
  • Publisher: British Railways (Western Region)
  • Size: Double Royal (630 x 1020 mm)

A rare, and very lovely, British Railways poster for Dudley Zoo and Castle by British artist and illustrator Raymond Sheppard. A Fellow of the Zoological Society, Sheppard was known for his animal paintings and also for book illustration, most notably his illustrations of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and the works of Jim Corbett. This original poster was recently rediscovered in a loft in west London, together with a collection of posters, ephemera, and drawings from the former British Railways (Western Region) Publicity Office at Paddington. Very unusually, the British Railways logo (base) appears to be hand applied. Perhaps this was a proof copy which had the logo added for printing ? A higher resolution image file is available for viewing on request.