Lord Richard Faulkner of Worcester to open ‘Posters from the Steam Age’
Show opens 10.30am Saturday 18th September at Winchcombe station
Celebrating the Centenary of Laurence Fish, Britain’s last great poster artist
Work of this local artist’s railway and aviation work displayed
Book signing: ‘Pick Up a Pencil: The Work of Laurence Fish’ by Jean Bray
GWSR, 8 September 2021: Celebrating the life and centenary of the late Laurence Fish, ‘Posters from the Steam Age’ takes place at Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway’s (GWSR) Winchcombe station, GL54 5LD over the weekend of 18th and 19th September 2021.
The show – which features the railway poster art as well as aviation, wartime and motor industry art – will be opened at 10.30am at Winchcombe station, by Lord Richard Faulkner of Worcester. It is being jointly promoted by the GWSR and the late artist’s wife, Jean Bray.
Lord Faulkner is a Patron of the GWSR, President of the Heritage Railway Association and the Cotswold Line Promotion Group. He is an avid proponent of the economic benefits of heritage railways and a collector of railway posters. He opened the GWSR’s Broadway station on Good Friday, 2018.
Lord Faulkner commented: “Railway poster art played a vital part in the promotion of destinations across the UK that could be reached by rail, with very creative images produced by many extremely talented artists.
“Laurence Fish is not as well-known as he deserves. He produced compelling prize-winning images for British Railways during the late 1950s and early 1960s which many people will instantly recognise – but not know who created them.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester with loco crew John Cruxon and Chris Smith on the occasion of the opening of Broadway station on 30 March 2018
“This show will seek to put that right and I’m looking forward to it!”
Jean Bray, the late artist’s wife, will be signing her lavish book about the life and work of Laurence Fish during the exhibition.
The event, in the Tim Mitchell Building on Platform 1 at Winchcombe station, is free to enter.
Because of limited car parking at Winchcombe station, the GWSR is urging visitors to travel by train (as the posters by Laurence Fish sought to encourage) from either Cheltenham Racecourse, Toddington or Broadway stations. There is ample free parking at both Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse.
Those wishing to attend the 10.30 opening of the exhibition should travel from Cheltenham Racecourse on the 09.45 departure to Winchcombe, arriving at 10.08; or the 10.00 departure from Toddington, arriving Winchcombe at 10.10.
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ABOUT GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARWICKSHIRE STEAM RAILWAY
The award-winning Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) operates over 14 miles through the Cotswolds between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, the railway has been op-erating round trips when permitted under government guidance only from Toddington station, bookable in advance until early July and subject to any further Covid-19 restrictions. Turn-up-and-go tickets have been available subject to space being available on trains. Services have and continue to reflect prevailing Government guidelines. The GWSR is on part of the former Great Western Railway route between the West Midlands and Bristol, South Wales and the West Country. The line between Cheltenham and Stratford-upon Avon closed in 1976 and the infrastructure was removed in 1979, the formative GWSR beginning to rebuild the line 40 years ago in 1981.
ABOUT LAWRENCE FISH
Laurence Fish was born in 1919 and trained as an illustrator in Max Millar’s studio at Iliffe & Son, publishers specialising in technical subjects such as aircraft, boats and cars and in the process developed an enviable skill for meticulous draughtsmanship. It was this skill which led to war service with the RAF, when he was seconded to MI5 to specialise in illustrations of explosive devices to aid defusing and dismantling of booby-trapped bombs for example – doubtless saving many lives in the process. Following hostilities, he became a founder member of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers and became internationally known as a painter and illustratior. His work was widely commissioned including poster work for British Railways, for whom he won ‘Poster of the Year’. Latterly he worked in magazine illustration and graphic design going on to concentrate on painting full-time from the 1980s, his work being widely exhibited at the Royal Academy and many national and provincial galleries. For the last 15 years of his life he worked from a studio in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire and was married to Jean Bray for 40 years. He passed away in 2019.
Jean Bray has published beautiful book of his work: Pick up a Pencil she will be signing copies at the forthcoming exhibition to celebrate his life and his work at the GWSR’s Winchcombe station, July 10-11 2021.