The Night Scotsman was the 10.25pm departure from Kings Cross and offered first and third class sleepers. It is a journey still treasured by many, as David Meara comments in his recent book, the sleeper was ‘one of the last truly romantic experiences left on the mainline railway system in Britain’

ROBERT BARTLETT  SCOTLAND BY THE NIGHT SCOTSMAN

LOT 467 | ROBERT BARTLETT | SCOTLAND BY THE NIGHT SCOTSMAN | lithograph, 1932, condition B+; backed on linen | 102cm x 127cm (40in x 50in) | £12,000-14,000 + fees

Bartlett’s poster shows the celebrated train thundering through the landscape by moonlight. The artist was clearly influenced by the art deco style of the time and reflects the dynamism, speed and style of travelling by rail in the early twentieth century. The rare and highly sought after poster is expected to fetch over £12,000.

A selection of fourteen rare vintage railway posters advertising travel to Scotland will feature in our 3 April Decorative Arts auction in Edinburgh. Of particular note is Lot 467, the original poster by Robert Bartlett for The Night Scotsman issued by the London and North Eastern railway in 1932.

 

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Dates for Your Diary

Decorative Arts: Design since 1860 | Wednesday 3 Apr at 11:00am | Edinburgh
VIEWING | Sunday 31 March, 12pm - 4pm | Monday 1st to Tuesday 2nd March, 10am to 5pm | Morning of sale from 9am
 
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