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Lot 30: ANDREW JOHNSON (DATES UNKNOWN). ORIENT CRUISES. Circa 1933. 39x24 inches, 101x63 cm.
27 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
ANDREW JOHNSON (DATES UNKNOWN) ORIENT CRUISES. Circa 1933.
39 3/4x24 3/4 inches, 101x63 cm.
Condition B+: minor creases, minor losses and time-staining in margins; tears in lower image. Paper.
Andrew Johnson was a commercial designer whose work was marked by an attractive modernity. He created ads for General Motors and Buick and also did a lot of work for Britain's LNER and Southern Railway. Describing the thought process behind this poster, Johnson wrote "if the poster forces attention by its dramatic presentation or its 'newness' its first object is achieved. It has been seen . . . [Here] it was felt that a 'newness' would be achieved by taking a 'close up' of the funnel, and to put this in silhouette against a light sky seemed a sure way of forcing attention, a sunny deck in the foreground would complete the tale" (Richmond p. 149). Judging from the single funnel and the cowl arrangements, this is likely a scene from the sports deck of the RMS Orion, however, as the ship wasn't launched until the end of 1934 it would have been an image based on designs. Richmond p. 153.