Ronald T Horley (active 1930s – 1940s)

The Gateway to Cornwall

Charcoal heightened with white

76 x 53 cm

Signed and inscribed lower right ‘Architect’s Office, 83 Marlborough Place NW8 Marylebone’.

The Great Western Railway commissioned a series of posters promoting train travel around the UK. This charcoal drawing of the Royal Albert Bridge at Saltash is the artist’s original design for a poster encouraging rail travel to Devon and Cornwall. The bridge is known fondly as the ‘Gateway to Cornwall’.

The Royal Albert Bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Surveying started in 1848 and construction commenced in 1854. The first main span was positioned in 1857 and the completed bridge was opened by Prince Albert on 2 May 1859.

Condition: generally very good; a few isolated spots to bottom left corner.

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