Title - Signal Success.
Location - South Norwood, Croydon, London, England.
Artist - Terence Tenison Cuneo (1907-1996).
Description - Norwood Junction station in Croydon, South London is the scene here for modernisation. The old semaphore signals were replaced with new colour light signals in 1954 as part of resignalling of the line to Brighton. The new signal box in the middle of the painting was of the "Odeon" style and is being passed by a bright green 4SUB electric unit, used to emphasise modernity, when compared with the dark and smokey steam trains left and right and in the distance. An evening scene adds great atmosphere and helps to show the clarity of the new signal lights.
Year Published - 1956
Size - Quad Royal (approx 50 x 40in or 127 x 101.5cm) plus linen border.
Original Vintage British Railways Travel Poster.
Published by Southern Region of British Railways AD 7214/26756
Printed in Great Britain by Waterlow & Sons Ltd, London and Dunstable
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.
Prior to linen backing the poster was rather torn, with very worn folds and small losses on fold intersections, and sellotape stains in corners. The tears, stains and losses have been repaired and restored, with minimal evidence still visible. More detailed and "before" 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.
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