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Go Great Western to Cornwall, GWR poster, 1932

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Go Great Western to Cornwall, GWR poster, 1932

Poster produced for the Great Western Railway (GWR) to promote rail travel to Cornwall. The poster shows a view of a sandy path lined with stone walls leading toward the shore. Artwork by Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954), who was born in Montana, USA and studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute in San Francisco and then in Paris. He went to London in 1914 and 1915 and was commissioned by the Underground Group of companies. He produced posters for GWR and London Transport and also designed theatre costumes, interior and mural decorations, book illustrations, carpets and textiles. He returned to America in 1940. Dimensions: 990 mm x 661 mm

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This vintage print, titled "Go Great Western to Cornwall" takes us back to the golden age of rail travel in 1932. Created by the talented artist Edward McKnight Kauffer, this poster was commissioned by the Great Western Railway (GWR) to entice travelers to explore the picturesque beauty of Cornwall. The artwork depicts a serene scene that instantly transports us to the stunning Cornish coastline. A sandy path winds its way through lush greenery, flanked by ancient stone walls that guide our eyes towards the sparkling shore. The composition exudes tranquility and invites viewers to embark on an unforgettable journey. Edward McKnight Kauffer's artistic prowess shines through in this piece. Born in Montana and trained in San Francisco and Paris, he brought his unique style and vision to London when he moved there in 1914. His talent extended beyond posters; he dabbled in various creative fields such as costume design, book illustrations, textiles, and mural decorations. With dimensions measuring 990 mm x 661 mm, this print captures every intricate detail of Kauffer's masterpiece. Preserved within the National Railway Museum's Pictorial Collection, it serves as a testament not only to GWR's commitment to promoting rail travel but also as a timeless reminder of Cornwall's natural allure. Immerse yourself in history with this remarkable artwork – let it transport you back in time while igniting your wanderlust for Cornwall’s breathtaking coastlines.

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