Philip Zec’s rare ‘By night train to Scotland’ poster to be sold at Swann Auction Galleries

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1932 design classic is the work of political cartoonist targeted by the Nazis

Zec poster
Image courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries

Philip Zec (1909-83) made such a name for himself as a political cartoonist and journalist in the fight against Nazism that he was earmarked for immediate arrest in the event of a German invasion of the UK. It is even argued that his VE-Day cartoon for the Daily Mirror was so influential that it proved a key factor in the 1945 general election that swept Winston Churchill from power.

However, Zec had already established a reputation in his first chosen career as a commercial artist in the advertising industry, having won a scholarship to Martin’s School of Art at the age of just 13.

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Establishing his own commercial art studio at the age of 19, an early commission was this celebrated design for the night train to Scotland in 1932, combining a strong sense of adventure and excitement with dynamism and efficiency in its graphic detail.

LMS/By Night Train to Scotland is now one of the highlights for the Rare & Important Travel Posters sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York on 25th October. The estimate is $12,000 to $18,000.

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