Gerald Mac Spink (flourished 1920 – 1940)

Industrial Scene with Steam Locomotive


Block print

50 x 34 cm

Signed ‘G Mac Spink’ in plate (in reverse) upper left.

A beautifully-rendered, almost futurist industrial scene depicting a steam-powered locomotive. The metals of industry dwarf the men working below them, white with heat in chiaroscuro contrast to the dark shadows in the fore- and background of the print.

Spink was a skilled artist, illustrator, and designer who produced a series of posters in the inter-war period for companies including the London Underground, Southern Railways, LNER, Hawker Engineering, and British Steel. He won a prize in 1933 from the Imperial Institute for his poster artwork. He also worked as an aeronautical engineer in Kingston-on-Thames for Hawker Engineering; his greatest achievement was the creation of the ‘Squanderbug’, a 500cc racing car which he built in 1947, and which races even to this day.

Provenance: the artist’s estate.

Condition: generally very good; a few gentle handling creases; three little spots within image.

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