Gouache on paper, signed middle right
Image size: 29 x 19 1/4 inches (73.5 x 49 cm)
Handmade contemporary style frame
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An original artwork for a travel poster used by LNER to promote travel by train throughout England. It is understandable why the image of Ely Cathedral was used, as it is one of the most recognisable sites of the city. Built in 1342, it is often acknowledged as one of the wonders of medieval engineering and considered the jewel in the Cathedral crown.
As well as being an accomplished artist and illustrator, Gerald Spink worked an aeronautical engineer for Hawker Engineering in Kingston-on-Thames. He designed artwork for a number of travel and advertising posters, for such clients as Southern Railways, the London and North Eastern Railway and MG cars, as well as Shell, Castrol, the British Steel Corporation and Hawker Engineering. In 1933 Spink won a prise for his artwork exhibited at the Competition of Industrial Designs at the Imperial Institute. Shortly after the Second World War, Spink also designed and built a 500cc racing car, nicknamed the ‘Squanderbug’, a project he completed in 1947.