The last of the great railway poster artists was the late Laurence Fish, who latterly worked from a studio in Winchcombe. In the late 1950s and 1960s he was commissioned by British Railways to produce a wide range of posters to promote destinations that could be reached by train. These days, his original posters are very rare and can command four-figure sums at auction.
To mark what would have been his centenary, the GWSR in conjunction with Jean Bray, Laurence's wife, is staging a spectacular show, not just of Laurence's celebrated railway poster art, but images he produced for industry, aviation and - during the Second World War - for MI5. For MI5 he produced fascinating technical drawings of booby-trapped devices, including an exploding bar of chocolate!
Three short videos celebrating his work will be screened while Jean Bray will be signing copies of her magnificent book, Pick up a Pencil, celebrating the life of this highly accomplished artist and containing hundres of repoductions of Laurence's commercial as well as fine art.
WHEN? 10th and 11th July 2021, 10.30-17.00 (subject to any continuing Covid restrictions)
COST? Free entry!
WHERE? The Tim Mitchell Building, platform 1, Winchcombe station. Please note, car parking here is very limited - best to travel by train, as Laurence's posters urged! Travel from Cheltenham Racecourse, Broadway or Toddington where there is plenty of car parking available (again, subject to any continuing Covid restrictions).
Note: Train service timetables beyond 5th July have not yet been finalised - but we expect trains to be running.