[N.p. ca. 1949]. Poster, 18 x 24 inches. Minor wear. Near fine. Item #239
A handsome poster advertising travel on the Santa Fe Railroad, painted in the bold colors of the southwestern landscape. The poster features two cowboys on horseback in the center midground; two large saguaro cacti flank the foreground, and the red hills of Arizona rise up in the background. The poster was designed by Don Perceval, who did several such works for the railroad. Born in Britain, Perceval (1908-1979), whose mother was also an artist, moved to Los Angeles as a child and became enamored of the Southwest. He specialized in images of Hopi and Navajo Indians, a subject he began sketching in the 1920s. In addition to his art, he also did commercial work for the Santa Fe Railroad, such as the present piece, bringing his vibrant style to the company’s advertising. A lovely piece and highly displayable.