William McDowell (1888 – 1950)

Shaw Savill Lines – Dominion Monarch


Original vintage poster

103 x 64 cm

McDowell’s poster advertises the magnitude and majesty of the Dominion Monarch, which dwarfs other boats and sails boldly forwards. Dominion Monarch was a UK passenger and refrigerated cargo liner. Her name was a reference to the Dominion of New Zealand, and she was built for Shaw, Savill & Albion Line (the shipping line of P Henderson & Company, a British shipping firm).

McDowell was a painter, draughtsman and commercial artist, born in the shipbuilding town of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire. After leaving school he was apprenticed in the drawing office of the engineering firm Vickers, and eventually became a member of the Institute of Naval Architects. Shortly after the First World War, McDowell left naval architecture to become a full-time artist, producing murals for the liner Mauretania and other vessels, eventually settling in Wallasey, Cheshire. Many of his own paintings were of historical or maritime subjects, shown at the Walker Art Gallery and elsewhere. In 1919 he had a picture included in the RA Summer Exhibition. During the Second World War he was commissioned in the Royal Naval Scientific Service.

Condition: generally very good, occasional repaired short edge tears, a little spotting primarily to blank panel at bottom and slightly creased at edges.

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