October 27, 2016, 1:30 PM EST
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Lot 46: PERCIVAL ALBERT (PERCY) TROMPF (1902-1964). PRINCE'S HIGHWAY TOUR / MELBOURNE TO SYDNEY. 19x25 inches, 50x63 cm. Robt. Harding Pty. Lt(122 views)
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PERCIVAL ALBERT (PERCY) TROMPF (1902-1964) PRINCE'S HIGHWAY TOUR / MELBOURNE TO SYDNEY.
19 3/4x25 inches, 50x63 1/2 cm. Robt. Harding Pty. Ltd., Melbourne.
Condition B+: repaired tears, creases and minor overpainting in margins and image and along vertical and horizontal folds.
The Princes Highway opened in 1920 and runs from Sydney to Port Augusta, rounding the southern coast of Australia to pass through Melbourne. While it would be not the most direct route to get from one end of the continent to the other, Trompf's poster shows why this indirect route was traveled - for its more rural and scenic vistas of the coastline. This road was named 'Princes Highway' to commemorate the Prince of Wales' (later King Edward VIII) visit to Australia. The intent was for him to make an overland trip from Melbourne to Sydney using this route, but ultimately this plan was abandoned because the road would not have been constructed to his standards in time. Trompf created this poster for the Government Tourist Bureau, advertising the ease of travel between these same cities - either by driving along the advertised coastal route or taking a train for a more direct trip.