Lot 134: TOM PURVIS (1888-1959). CLACTON ON SEA. 1930. 39x49 inches, 100x124 cm. Haycock Press, London.
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
TOM PURVIS (1888-1959) CLACTON ON SEA. 1930.
39 1/2x49 inches, 100 1/4x124 1/2 cm. Haycock Press, London.
Condition B+: minor tear in lower right corner; creases and restoration along vertical and horizontal folds. Framed.
Purvis' work for the British Railroads was exclusively for the LNER, and he designed their logo as seen on this poster, which was in use for a short time. Furness contests that this particular LNER logo was designed by Purvis and "which was adapted by the company for a short time" (Furness vol. 4, p. 5). Purvis' use of "flat primary colors and the elimination of detail" (Railway p. 135) was his graphic calling card and what he is most appreciated and best remembered for. In the style of the Beggarstaff Brothers "he formed his figures solely from masses of color, without outline" (Weill p. 228). Furness vol. 4, p. 204.