[A Rolls-Royce Company Christmas Card, illustrated Airshow, with flypast of Hawker Harts?]
[Printed by] W.F. Sedgewick Ltd. Xmas 1934.
Etching, presented as a printed christmas card. Etching 175 x 120mm (7 x 4¾") on front of a folded sheet watermarked 1934. Rare.
A christmas card with a printed greeting from A.F. Sidgreaves, managing director of Rolls Royce Ltd. It depicts an airshow with a flypast of biplanes in three ranks of three, most likely the Hawker Hart, a prominent British light bomber between the wars, powered by a Rolls-Royde engine. A Rolls Royce car is parked prominently among the spectators. Cyril Barraud (1877-1965), son of Herbert Rose Barraud and nephew of Francis Barraud. Having trained at the Brighton School of Art he emigrated to Winnepeg in 1913. He was commissioned as a lieutenant with the 43rd Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in 1915 but transferred to the 79th Cameron Highlanders of Canada a few months later. He was wounded in the leg fighting in France in 1917, but returned to active service. Barraud was one of the first Canadian artists hired by Lord Beaverbrook for the War Records Office to sketch Canadian battle zones around Ypres and Vimy Ridge-Arras sectors. Later he was seconded to the Canadian War Memorials Fund. After demobilisation he remained in England, painting and etching landscapes, some of which were used for the LNER carriage prints, and taking commissions for christmas cards like this.
[Ref: 37591] £220.00