London, The Bastion of Liberty

Method Chromolithograph
Artist Lee, Kerry
Published Devised and Drawn by Kerry Lee at the Blandford Studio for The Travel Association of Gt. Britain and N. Ireland. [London, c.1946]
Dimensions 475 x 615 mm
Notes A decorative mid-century tourist map of London and Westminster, a reduced version of the much larger quad-royal map published for British Railways. This particular example, published by Pictorial Maps Ltd on behalf of the Travel Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was clearly intended much more for the international market, as the inscription below provides details for American and Canadian audiences as well as the local tourist market. Like Kerry Lee's other maps, the map is crammed full of vignettes, cartoons, and notes of historic, social, cultural, and natural interest. The names of main roads, attractions, and train stations are emblazoned across the map in ribbons, while notable people from London's history are shown in places associated with them. Under the map's title, an inscription from one of Churchill's Blitz speeches reads 'We would rather see London in ruins and ashes, than that it should be tamely and abjectly enslaved,' a clear nod to Lee's and the publishers' intentions to foster and renew tourism as part of the recovery effort following the Second World War. Surrounding the map, a highly decorative border features vignettes of places further afield.

Kerry Ernst Lee (1903-1988) was a British artist, born in Hackney, best known for a series of chromolithograph advertising posters issued by British railways, designed and used to help promote British tourism after the second world war. He attended Reading Schools of Arts and Science, the Slade, and the Sorbonne in Paris. Many of Kerry Lee's maps depict the artist sitting sketching in the corner, with his dog beside him.

Condition: Pinholes to corners of sheet, not affecting image. Repaired tears and infilling to edges of sheet, particularly to Essex crest, and vignettes of Kew Gardens and the River Lea. Large vertical crease from left of Royal Crest to Oxford Circus.
Framing framed
Price £500.00
Stock ID 48562