Throughout the twenties and thirties many graphic artists and illustrators plied their trade providing images for the growing number of books and periodicals which were pouring into a rapidly expanding market place. Many of these illustrators such as Howard Leigh (Biggles books) and Harold Connolly (M.G. ads) became cult figures in the latter decades of the twentieth century as their skills became more widely appreciated. Others such as Morton, Steerwood and Shuffley illustrated brochures and catalogues for Morris Motors and have never received the same critical acclaim. A number of examples of Morton's work for Morris are shown below and his skill as an artist and draughtsman is clearly evident.
This page is not only dedicated to the beautiful period colour images images provided via the pen of Morton and others but also to the 'present day' photographs of pre-war Morris Minors which have been taken from a different perspective to the usual three quarters front view. The backs of cars are rarely shown in photographs as they don't capture the car's 'face' which seems to define the character of a car in the eyes of a viewer, but shots from above, below and behind can also be very revealing, as can be seen here.
These five 'Oilette' Girls and Cars series postcard images from the late twenties and early thirties have nothing what-so-ever to do with pre-war Morris Minors, but they do evoke that period perfectly.
(Editors note: The artist seems to have a serious problem with the drawing of hands and fingers.)
With an 'M' or two!
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Page launched June 12th 2009