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‘Championnat de Monde 1946, Canots Automobiles Racers, Genève’

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Reference: 6518

Percival Pernet (French 1890-1977)

An incredibly dynamic original poster depicting motorboats racing on Lake Geneva. Printed by Affiches Atar, Switzerland and dated 1946. Conservation linen mounted and unframed.

Size: 40 x 26 inches (100 x 65 cm)

Percival Pernet was born in Evian, on the French side of Lake Geneva, in 1890. He moved to Geneva in his 20s and became a successful poster artist. Quite the polymath, he also practiced interior design and designed several striking pieces of Art Deco furniture in the 1920s and 1930s. Pernet is probably best known for this stylish poster for the annual speedboat races, held over the course of a week in Lake Geneva and coinciding with a summer festival held in the town. He also created the less well-known poster for the 1948 event. The famous British speed record holder Sir Malcolm Campbell attempted to beat his own water-speed record of 129 mph at Lake Geneva in July 1939 but was prevented by bad weather.

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