Michael REILLY (Born 1898)

The Cliffs at Perranporth, Cornwall: Design for a Great Western Railway menu card Sold

Gouache on card.
Signed with the artist’s initials MR at the lower right and inscribed Perranporth in the lower right margin.
105 x 218 mm. (4 1/8 x 8 1/2 in.) [image]
158 x 241 mm. (6 1/4 x 9 1/2 in.) [sheet]

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On the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, southwest of Newquay, Perranporth is a small seaside resort noted for its cliffs, which overlook a wide, sandy beach, nearly two miles in length. The cliffs at Perranporth also figure prominently in an illustrated guide to the county published by the Great Western Railway Company in 1934.

Another design by Reilly for a Great Western Railway menu card, depicting a view of Newquay in Cornwall and datable to c.1930, is today in the collection of the National Railway Museum in York.

This was part of the extensive collection of railway memorabilia - including posters, artwork and archives, with a particular emphasis on the Great Western Railway - assembled by the late Malcolm Guest (1943-2009).

Provenance:
Malcolm Guest, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

Michael REILLY

The Cliffs at Perranporth, Cornwall: Design for a Great Western Railway menu card

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