Oil firm’s vintage ads form latest art show

Deputy Mayor of Doncaster, Councillor Patricia Schofield, takea a look round the exhibition of over 30 Shell posters and original paintings, celebrating the British countryside through images of landscapes and historic sites, which has just opened at Doncaster Museum.
Deputy Mayor of Doncaster, Councillor Patricia Schofield, takea a look round the exhibition of over 30 Shell posters and original paintings, celebrating the British countryside through images of landscapes and historic sites, which has just opened at Doncaster Museum.
0
Have your say

PAINTINGS and posters designed by some of the best- known British artists of the 20th century form the latest exhibition at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.

Visit Britain is the title of the show, which brings together a collection of posters and original artwork which were commissioned by the Shell Oil Company to promote their services during the 1920s and 30s.

The exhibition features works by famous names like Graham Sutherland and Paul Nash.

It brings together a series of images produced as part of an advertising campaign that appeared on the sides of Shell delivery lorries.

The campaign promoted motoring as a pleasurable activity, encouraging people to get out in their cars and enjoy the countryside. Images of landmarks, historic sights and landscapes appear in the exhibition, including Brimham Rocks, Culzean Castle and Mousehole.

Coun Cynthia Ransome, cabinet member for communities said: “These paintings and posters reflect the charm and character of a nostalgic age of motoring.”