In the South-West the Southern was of course in fierce competition with the Great Western Railway. I'm not convinced by the clouds in this 1947 advert - to me they look like they're dropping grey drizzle, but I'm assured it's an accurate reflection of the original.
The picture was painted by Herbert Alker Tripp. Now he was an interesting chap.
He was actually Sir Herbert Alker Tripp CBE (23 August 1883–12 December 1954). He served as Assistant Commisioner of the Metropolitan Police from 1932 to 1947, specialising in traffic control and planning. He was also an enthusiastic yachtsman and author.
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