Barbara Jones (1912 – 1978)

See Britain from Her Roads


Original vintage poster

77 x 50 cm

Signed lower left in the plate.

Issued by the Tilling Group of Omnibus Companies.

Jones’ poster, with its two happy swans in the foreground, encourages us to travel Britain via coach (the coach tour was becoming ever more popular in 1950s Britain). The text reads:

“You can travel anywhere in Britain by coach and bus … ask for details of express coach services and touring holidays at any travel agent or Victoria Coach Station S.W.1.”

Barbara Jones was an English artist and writer. She studied at Croydon High School and then the Royal College of Art (where her contemporaries included John Piper, Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious and Edward Ardizzone), beginning in the Department of Engraving but transferring to the Department of Mural Decoration in her second year. She illustrated the pamphlet ‘Bombed Churches as War Memorials’ in 1945. Jones worked on several notable murals after the war, including for the Britain Can Make It exhibition in 1946, and the Enterprise Scotland exhibition in 1947. She also did commercial work for many companies, including P&O Ferries. In 1951 Jones co-curated Black Eyes and Lemonade, an exhibition of craft, folk, and popular objects at the Whitechapel Gallery. She was a Fellow of the Society of Industrial Artists and a member of the Society of Authors.

Condition: generally very good; backed to linen; pin holes to corners.

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