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‘Vickers Wellesleys, Lubrication by SHELL’, 1938

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Reference: 2057

James Gardner (English, 1907-1995)

Original lithographic advertising poster for SHELL, dated 1938. Conservation backed onto linen and unframed.

Size: 30 x 45 inches (76 x 114 cm)

SHELL’s campaigns were at the cutting edge of advertising in the 1920s and 30s, and employed the talents of well-known artists including Ben Nicholson, Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and Vanessa Bell. This poster by Gardner celebrates the Vickers Wellesley, a British bomber built by VickersArmstrong at Brooklands near Weybridge for the Royal Air Force. It was one of two planes named after Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, the other being the Vickers Wellington.







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