Title - Buckfast Abbey - Devon.
Location - Buckfastleigh, Devon, England.
Artist - Claude Henry Buckle RI., RSMA. (1905–1973).
Description - A GWR (Great Western Railway) produced just after the 1932 consecration of the new abbey. The new build took 30 years and produced the Gothic-Roman building which is there today, as part of the active Benedictine monastery. It replaced an original Cistercian Abbey on the same site which was destroyed following the Dissolution in 1539. In Buckle's depiction, the abbey is seen amongst the trees, with the rolling hills leading to Dartmoor in the distance behind it.
Year Published - 1933
Size - Quad Royal (approx 50 x 40in or 127 x 101.5cm) plus linen border.
Original Vintage GWR British Railway Travel Poster
No 23 Paddington Station, London W2, James Milne, General Manager
Printed by William Brown & Co Ltd, 2 Bury Court, St Mary Axe, London, EC3
Condition Grade and Condition Report:
Grade: B+. We have had this poster conservation-backed on linen. For more details of the process please see the "Conservation" page of this website.
Three repaired edge tears and paper replacement to a paper loss at the bottom right corner, otherwise excellent. More detailed photos are available on request if required.
More About The Artist:
Claude Henry Buckle was born in London in 1905. He trained as an architect, but turned to art in 1928. He produced commissioned artwork for the new nuclear power stations around the country in the 1950s, and was a close friend of Terence Cuneo. He was a painter in oils and watercolour, particularly of marine subjects, and was prolific in his production of artwork for railway posters. He produced posters for GWR, LMS, SR & BR.