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Sale 2490 Lot 15
KENNETH D. SHOESMITH (1890-1939) SOUTH AMERICA BY ROYAL MAIL. Circa 1932.
39 1/4x25 inches, 99 3/4x63 1/2 cm. Mendip Press Ltd., London.
Condition B+: partially-replaced and overpainted bottom margin; overpainting at lower left edge; minor repaired tears, creases and restoration at edges.
The Royal Mail Line, despite its name, which implies merely a cargo service for postage, is an old and prestigious company. Founded in 1839 as the RMSP (Royal Mail Steam Packet), the company became the largest shipping group in the world in 1927 when they purchased the White Star Line. Throughout the 1930s, the company worked in close association with Shoesmith, who designed many posters and postcards featuring Royal Mail ships. Shoesmith was primarily a maritime painter and the majority of his posters depict ships, although he also designed posters for the British Rail Companies and the Canadian Pacific.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500