Quality inspection Original Vintage 1931 Royal Tunbridge Wells Travel Poster - UK B Indianapolis Mall

Original Vintage 1931 Royal Tunbridge Wells Travel Poster - UK B
Original Vintage 1931 Royal Tunbridge Wells Travel Poster - UK B


POSTER TITLE: London Transport Underground: Tunbridge Wells. (1931)

AUTHENTIC ORIGINAL: This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters. Provenance: Sothebys 21. 2. 1993 Charity sale at the London Transport Museum.

ARTIST/DESIGNER: Alexander (#39;Alick#39;) Penrose Forbes Ritchie (1868-1938)
PRINTER: Jarrold Sons Ltd.
COUNTRY: Printed in Great Britian
MATERIAL: Lithograph

TYPE: Travel Poster
BRAND/COMPANY: London Transport - Underground Electric Railways Company Ltd

DIMENSIONS: (100.5 × 62.5 cm) | (39.6 x 24.5 Inches) - [ Double Royal ] -- The standard poster size used by the Underground since 1908.
CONDITION: Great condition, laminated and backed on board, small stains, and marks, small tears in margins.


Alexander (#39;Alick#39;) Penrose Forbes Ritchie (1868-1938), was born in Dundee, Scotland. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Antwerp, Belgium before settling in London as a commercial artist. He produced many cartoons for Vanity Fair, The Sketch, The Bystander and many other magazines and journals.

Alick Ritchie#39;s cartoons and caricatures included portraits of celebrities in a style satirizing the Cubist and Futurist schools of art that were predominant at the time.

In 1912, he published a book called Y? or Zoo-all-awry, consisting of drawings and rhymes of composite animals, such as the Octopussy Cat and the Porcupython.

Eventually Alick Ritchie became well known for his theatrical posters, and between the wars, he also produced posters for the London Underground.


Between World War I and II, Scottish Artist and Illustrator, Alick Ritchie, produced posters for the London Transport Underground. In 1909 King Edward VII officially recognized the popularity of Tunbridge Wells with its many royal and aristocratic visitors - including his mother, Queen Victoria - over the centuries by granting the town its quot;Royalquot; prefix. Royal Tunbridge Wells, previously just Tunbridge Wells, is a town in western Kent, England, 30 miles south-east of central London, close to the border with East Sussex upon the northern edge of the High Weald, whose sandstone geology is exemplified by the rock formations at the Wellington Rocks and High Rocks. The town came into being as a spa in the Restoration and enjoyed its heyday as a fashionable resort in the mid-1700s. The only spa town in the South East of England, equidistant from London and the coast. Though its popularity as a spa town waned with the advent of sea bathing, the town remains highly popular and derives some 30 per cent of its income from the tourist industry.

This Leisure travel into the area now known as Greater London (and beyond) was highly promoted to increase revenue for the London Transport during off-peak periods. For similar commercial reasons, commuters were encouraged to live further out from the city in the new suburbs. Posters advertising days out by tube, bus or tram, were prominently displayed at station entrances and on the vehicles themselves. They include some of the most attractive and evocative posters produced by the Underground/London Transport. Towns villages. Early Underground posters encouraged Londoners to visit the #39;old world#39; towns of Uxbridge, Edgware, Harrow, Chigwell and elsewhere. Many of these destinations were swallowed up by the expansion of Greater London during the 20s and 30s. Consequently, posters promoted day trips to towns even further afield, including St Albans and Tunbridge Wells. Some of these were aimed at commuters who had moved out of the city to the new suburbs. Trips to the country by Green Line coaches or tube were particularly popular, with attractive publicity promoting different seasons of the year.

Today, Royal Tunbridge Wells, or Tunbridge Wells as it is more commonly called, remains a popular place to live and to visit as it maintains much of its original charm and elegance.


The lithograph features Tunbridge Wells village stop. Set amongst a rich heritage of orchards, hop farms (and hop picking), vineyards, market towns, iron production and cloth weaving, the region of Tunbridge Wells possesses a fascinating depth of heritage and history.

Green, Light Green, Brown. The sunny inland resort of romantic charm in loveliest Kent. Original vintage travel poster showing a view of Tunbridge Wells with the church#39;s tower and the domes of the Opera House emerging from behind the green trees and bubbles depicted in the foreground. A smart art deco style image of Tunbridge Wells in the Weald of Kent. Published by the Underground Electric Railway Company to get the townies out of the inner London suburbs. A very stylish picture.

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