the irish mail at holyhead

Made:
1939
artist:
Norman Wilkinson
printer:
McCorquodale and Company Limited
publisher:
London Midland & Scottish Railway Company
the irish mail at holyhead (poster)

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Poster, London Midland & Scottish Railway, The Irish Mail at Holyhead, by Norman Wilkinson, about 1925. Coloured lithograph depicting a night scene with the S.S. Cambria in dock in Holyhead harbour and a boat train waiting at the platform alongside. Passengers and bystanders are standing on the quay. The accompanying text beneath reads "For 89 years the Irish Mail has been an institution in Anglo-Irish transportation. This train is a link with the days when the New Holyhead Mail Coach ran from "The Swan with Two Necks" in London by way of Birmingham and Shrewsbury to "The Eagle and Child" at Holyhead. That journey took 27 hrs and today the Irish Mail's schedule from Euston to Holyhead is 5hrs 20mins. At Holyhead the mails are transferred to a 3,400-ton steamer. There are only a few faster merchant vessels in the world. But nevertheless, she is a direct descendant of the little packet with the tall funnel and frail paddles which in February 1850 was 15 hrs in mighty seas between Holyhead and Kingstown bringing the Irish Mail to Dublin". On the left side of the text are the letters "LMS" and on the right the company crest. Reference ERO 53331. Format: quad royal. Dimensions: 40 x 50 inches, 1016 x 1270mm.

Details

Category:
Railway Posters, Notices & Handbills
Object Number:
1999-7375
Materials:
paper (fibre product)
Measurements:
40 x 50 in.; 1016 x 1270 mm
type:
poster
credit:
Onslow's