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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Even more about A N Wolstenholme (1920-2002) the 'forgotten' railway artist

A fuller picture of Arthur Wolstenholme the commercial artist who was responsible for some of the most iconic railway posters and drawings of the 1940s, 50s and 60s is now emerging.  This post complements some earlier postings in lickeyincline of this supremely talented artist. His work, for Ian Allan, British Railways and others has until recently been largely ignored, but is now beginning to achieve the recognition it deserves. A posthumous triumph was to be the inspiration for the £1.28p stamp in the Royal Mail’s 150th Anniversary of London Underground set . See the earlier postings for additional information and links.

Royal Mail stamp 150th Anniversary of the London Underground

Little had been known of the man behind the brush until two excellent articles by Geoff Courtney in 'Heritage Railway' (March-April  2011 and August 2011) sketched in some of the background to his life. Now the Editor of 'Western Power', Adrian Curtis has produced a revealing insight, by talking to ANW’s widow Inga. The well illustrated interview about the man who should be honoured for his lifetime's work in the genre of transport and industrial art is featured in Edition 11 of  'Celebrating Western Power' . To obtain a copy of the magazine, go to Western Legacy Publications

Ian Allan Spotters Book cover
The inspiration for the stamp

railway artist
Some examples of A N Wolstenholme's non railway work