Title - Forging Ahead - The First British Railways Standard Express Locomotive.
Location - London Paddington, England.
Artist - Terence Tenison Cuneo (1907-1996).
Description - Green steam locomotive 70000 "Britannia" is depicted pulling away from the platforms at London's Paddington station with an express train. In the background is an ex-GWR "King" painted in an early British Railways experimental blue livery. The first sketches were made while sitting on top of a railway wagon in a siding. The original artwork was titled "Britannia leaving Paddington". One of the more sought-after Cuneo posters.
Year Published - 1952
Size - Quad Royal (approx 50 x 40in or 127 x 101.5cm)
Original Vintage British Railways Travel Poster.
Published by The Railway Executive No. 24
Printed in Great Britain by Waterlow & Sons Limited, London & Dunstable
Condition Grade and Condition Report:
Grade: B+/A-, un-conserved.
Minor edge nicks and creasing, minor fox spotting lower right, no folds. More detailed photos are available on request if required.
More About The Artist:
Terence Cuneo was a hugely accomplished artist, born in London, the son of artists. There is a wealth of his original work in various museums, including many war works, his railways work and his official artwork for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. His works and posters produced from them are highly collectable around the world. He was awarded the OBE, was a CVO, and his life-size statue is to be seen at London's Waterloo Station.