Lot 116: F. GREGORY BROWN (1887-1941). CHERTSEY / FROM RICHMOND STATION. 1929. 39x25 inches, 101x63 cm. Vincent Brooks Day & Ltd., London.
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
F. GREGORY BROWN (1887-1941) CHERTSEY / FROM RICHMOND STATION. 1929.
39 3/4x25 inches, 101x63 1/2 cm. Vincent Brooks Day & Ltd., London.
Condition B+: repaired tears, creases, abrasions and restoration in margins and along vertical and horizontal folds.
Gregory Brown began working for the London Underground in 1916. His early work showed "a remarkable similarity of approach" to the designs of Edward McKnight Kauffer. "Brown, three years older than Kauffer, began his working life apprenticed to an art metalworker, but abandoned this to become an illustrator. [Brown became] one of the major exponents of the brightly colored rural landscape . . . always using vivid and well-defined tones" (Underground p. 37). Brown designed over sixty posters for the London Underground, as well as working for the British train companies and the Empire Marketing Board. As a painter, his landscapes were exhibited at the Royal Academy.