London’s Open Air, no. 3 The Wild Flowers, a 1948 poster by Nora Kay was, like yesterday’s poster, a ‘pair poster’ – two designed to hang next to each other, one displaying an image and the other displaying text. This pair poster was included in an exhibition of the best new international posters at the Museum of Modern Art in  New York in 1949

Sheila Robinson

The Post featured five London Transport posters by women from October 16th-20th last year but we cannot resist returning to Poster Girls at the London Transport Museum because we have now bought the book: there are so many beautiful and inspirational posters that we did not have time to look at properly before. (The exhibition is on until January.) Today: Literary London 1951 by Sheila Robinson. The caption tells us that visitors to the four museums increased as a result of the poster by 65%! Lots more work by the Great Bardfield resident Sheila Robinson at the Fry Gallery site here.


And this is Yorkshire Wolds. All these paintings are for sale (or have been sold this week) at 8 Duke Street. And there is a book about Josephine Trotter, available here (scroll down).


This is Nethercot, Brampton, Devon. William Packer has written: ‘Josephine Trotter’s paintings may look direct and simple in the statement, but they are underpinned by disciplines long studied and hard won – disciplines of close observation, organisation and technical address, of light, space and form.’


This is Ilfracombe.  Anne Dumas, the curator and art critic, is quoted as saying: ‘Josephine Trotter’s latest work shows her at the height of her powers. She is an artist rooted in the tradition of modern Post-Impressionist painting but her deeply felt, poetic response to her native landscape brings a strong and totally individual vision to her subjects. She is a superlative painter in the truest sense of the word.’


The exhibition that has just opened (it finishes at the end of this week) is Josephine Trotter’s twenty-first. ‘She is an artist who has a powerful feeling for the material she uses: oil paint, in all its glorious physicality. She says “I get so excited about paint, its quality and application. Also, I feel privileged to have trained at a time when drawing was the crux and bones of art education and very hard work. The thing is, I really love painting.” That is abundantly evident from her exuberant work’ (Martin Gayford). This is the absolutely beautiful Cabbages.


Unsung women painters is a constant riff on the Post. This week, the stunning Josephine Trotter, b. 1940.’Her latest exhibition is a series of oil paintings of British landscapes from the northernmost tip of Scotland down to Dorset and Devon’ (more here). This is Hotel Tresanton, St Mawes.


‘In October 1875, Prince Albert Edward (known as ‘Bertie’ to his family) set off on a four-month tour of the Indian subcontinent; as future King, he was expected to visit the Empire and learn about it, hopefully preparing him for his ultimate destiny of wearing the crown. The trip took Bertie to India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal, travelling some 10,000 miles.  Diplomatic gifts, much like today, are an important part of relationship building, and no expense was spared for the British royal party. The locals lavished expensive gifts on the Prince to welcome him, as did the 90+ different local rulers he met, and it is these treasures that form the ‘Splendours of the Subcontinent’ exhibition’ (here). This is State Elephants at Baroda.

Website image - Padshahnama

Detail from a painting in the Padshahnama manuscript (‘Book of Emperors’), 1656–7 , entire painting, and two more, here.

The Prince of Wales at Jaipur, 4th February 1876, Vassili Vereschaginpg

The Prince of Wales at Jaipur, 4th February 1876, The Elephant Procession by  Vassili Vereshchagin. He ‘forsook his native Russia for India in 1874, where he was to remain for almost two years gathering ethnographic materials with which to colour an intended series of paintings devoted to the region. The works inspired by his time in India are extraordinarily beautiful and accomplished. He travelled extensively, his reverence for this rich land foreshadowing that of another Russian artist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947). Encounters with wild animals, almost drowning in a river, freezing on a mountain ledge and being plagued with tropical malaria did little to dampen his enthusiasm; his fervent interest in every aspect of local life roused the suspicions of the English colonial authorities who quickly, and somewhat ironically, became convinced he was spying for the homeland he had been obliged to quit. During his time in India Vereshchagin was deeply moved by what he perceived to be the plight of a great and ancient people at the hands of the British colonialists and determined to address the matter’ (further detail here).

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