LAUNCHING A LINER AT A CLYDEBANK SHIPYARD
Colour lithograph signed (in the plate) Paul B Mann. No publication details given, but most likely done for the Macmillan Geography series intended classroom use. Estimated date of production: c. 1950.
Image size: 15 3/4 x 19 ins. Framed size: 20 x 24 ins. approx.
Generally excellent condition throughout. Mounted in acid-free board and framed in 3/8" charcoal grey wooden moulding.
The scene displayed is just at the moment the champagne has smashed on the side of the ship. Dwarfing all around her, she slowly begins her slide down the slipway into the water, cheered by the crowd of on-lookers gathered alongside: "God bless her, and all who sail in her!"
Paul B. Mann was a British illustrator active in the forties and fifties who specialised in industrial and engineering subjects. He illustrated several Puffin Picture Books, including The Story of Iron, Locomotives and Marvellous Models.The combination of an incisive line and chalky areas of colour was typical of the period.