Charles Paine (1895-1967)
40 x 25 in. (102 x 64 cm.)
B+/A-; not backed
Charles Paine (1895-1967) was a versatile and prolific designer, who drew on his training in stained glass to create bold, structured and highly stylised posters for a variety of companies. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1919, Paine left London to work for the Applied Art Department of Edinburgh College of Art. Paine’s immediate superior was the distinguished printmaker John Platt (1886-1967) and they had a marked influence on each other’s’ work. It is thought that Platt introduced him to Frank Pick at the London Underground for whom he was to design 31 posters.
‘Boat Race’ is a beautifully minimal design for the 1921 race on the Thames. It is a rare and sought after poster and one of the highlights of graphic design produced for London Transport.