Hilder, Rowland: Sussex- Shell County Guide Poster – SOLD


A charming, colourful and creative poster intended to capture the character of the county and its distinctive features which are then identified in the key at the lower left. It’s one of a series of ‘Shell County Guides’ issued by Shell-Mex and B.P. in 1960-61, who commissioned many of the popular artists of the day to undertake the illustrations. It’s printed on high quality gloss paper and is complete with  metal strips at top and bottom and a hanging loop for display.

More images can be provided on request.

Artist: Rowland Hilder, OBE, 1905-1993

Title and date: Sussex County Guide Poster, 1960-61

Size: 73.7 x 50.8 cms.

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Artist description:

A painter and illustrator of marine and landscapes born in Great Neck, Long Island, USA. His family settled at New Cross, South London and in 1921 he entered Goldsmiths’ College where he studied etching and drawing. During 1924 he won a travelling scholarship visiting the Netherlands, and in 1925, he began to illustrate books. Hilder illustrated for Jack Beddington at Shell Mex and his work was reproduced in some Ladybird books. During the Second World War, he worked with the Camouflage Unit and illustrated the Army Manual on Camouflage. Rowland Hilder had work reproduced for the Recording Britain series; he established the successful Heron Press and worked with his wife, Edith, and Geoffrey Grigson, on the Shell Guides. His paintings of Kent look back to a pre-industrial age and have done much to sustain the myth and memories of rural England. His first solo exhibition was held at the Fine Art Society in 1938 and he also showed at the Royal Academy and the new English Art Club. Examples of his work are in the collections of the British Museum, the National Railway Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.