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Date: 7 October, 2011
Railway Posters by Thierry Favre, £25, hardback (£18.75 at time of going to print on Amazon.co.uk – see link below), 310 x 240mm, 200 pages.
Thierry Favre was born in Paris in 1931. After 35 years of professional work, his life was guided by his passions: railways, aviation, sailing, painting and graphic art.
At the age of 70, he wrote his first book, paying homage to the life of the marine painter, Albert Brenet (‘Albert Brenet, Une vie – Une oeuvre’, Gallimard, 2003).
Since then, Favre has devoted much of his time to poster art, leading him to travel to museums all over Europe. He has also spent some years crossing the world by train, giving him great insight into different railways, trains and networks.
In Railway Posters, he tells the story of the development of railways and train travel through the posters which were used to promote them.
In the early days, railways were principally used to carry goods and a small number of passengers on local services. They then came to be used by the wealthy, who travelled in sleeping cars, and companies began to see the potential of increasing passenger numbers.
This lead to the promotion of train travel for tourists, with depictions of mountains, lakes, spas and seaside resorts featuring widely on large posters.
They soon appeared everywhere from markets to underground lines and evoked dreams of possible destinations and happy holidays.
This beautifully illustrated book takes the reader on a visual journey from the bygone era of passenger steam locomotives to modern day high speed electric trains.
The inventive graphics created by the poster artists convey the excitement and nostalgia that accompany today's perceptions of train travel, taking the reader on a journey from their first experience of trains as miniature sets in their family home to the necessity of train travel in their adult life.
The collection includes posters for The Orient Express, Night Scotsman, Coronation Scot, Blue Bird, Star of the North, The Trans-Siberian Railway, Pullman coaches, Wagons-lits, Canadian Pacific Railway Lines, Trans Europe Express and the L.N.E.R.
The book includes posters by artists such as Cassandre, Alesi, Dorival, Otto Ernst, Fix-Masseau, Villemot and Zenobel.
A lovely birthday or Christmas gift for the train enthusiast of the family!