Tennisby Tom Purvis
Harrogate LNER poster c1930.
Poster produced for the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) to promote rail travel to the Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate. The poster shows a couple watching a man and woman playing tennis. Artwork by Tom Purvis (1888-1957), who rallied for the professionalisation of commercial art. In 1930 he was one of the group of artists who founded the Society of Industrial Artists, which campaigned for improved standards of training for commercial artists in order to broaden their scope of employment. He became one of the first Royal Designers for Industry in 1936.