Rail travel, Porsche, propaganda subjects of Onslows poster auction July 7


Fortunino Matania (1881-1963), ‘Southport (The Lido),’ original poster printed for London Midland & Scottish Railway by London Lithographic, circa 1931, 102 x 126 cm. Estimate £8,000-£9,000. Onslows image


STOURPAINE, UK – A sizzling selection of vintage posters comes under the online hammer July 7 at Onslows auction house. The poster specialist’s summer sale will offer some rare and stunning railway posters including Matania’s London Midland & Scottish Railway beach posters for Southport and Blackpool dating from 1930 and 1938. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

The posters are wonderfully evocative of a lost era when these resorts attracted the crème of British society, they depict the beautiful people in the latest fashionable beachwear. With a strong undertone of sun, sand, sea and sex, these are expected to sell in the thousands of pound bracket. Another by the great posterist Frank Newbould, published by the London and North Eastern Railway in 1928, depicts a fashionable Vienna (est. £4,000-£6,000).



Frank Newbould (1887-1951), ‘Vienna via Harwich Twice a day,’ original poster printed for the London and North Eastern Railway by McCorquodale, circa 1925, 102 x 127 cm. Estimate £4,000-£5,000. Onslows image


Onslows will be offering a single-owner collection of Porsche factory posters from 1969. Several posters depict the iconic 911 and racing cars at Watkins Glen. These are expected to fetch an average of £200-£400 apiece. They were collected by a college student who requested the automaker send him some posters to display in his bedroom.



Designer Strenger Chaque Porsche, original Porsche factory poster printed January 1969, 84 x 119 cm. Estimate £270-£300. Onslows image


Another notable group of 1920’s and ’30s posters are from the studio of the late Clifford and Rosemary Ellis, the husband and wife who always worked together on posters. Their style of painting was Surrealist.



Ellis (Clifford 1907-1985) and (Rosemary 1910-1998), ‘Anglers Prefer Shell, You Can Be Sure of Shell,’ original poster No. 402 printed for Shell by Waterlow 1934, 76 x 105 cm Provenance: From the studio of the artists. Estimate £1,500-£2,000. Onslows image


The auction has over three hundred lots of carefully sourced posters and cover a diverse range of subjects, from the British and American propaganda from both World Wars, European travel including Dorival’s set of three for Mont Blanc, circa 1928, airlines and shipping companies, British Railway carriage prints and posters, and many other stunning posters.



Leonebel Jacobs (1883-1967), ‘Are you a Victory Canner?,’ printed for National War Garden Commission, USA, 1918, 56 x 36 cm. Estimate £150-£200. Onslows image


Onslows will offer a rare set of five posters designed to be shown on hoardings as a panorama. The set were commissioned by the Empire Marketing Board in 1928 and show livestock and produce on display at a quintessentially British County Show. The set is estimated at £3,000-£4,000.