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Rare Northern Ireland travel posters go to auction

By Dick Barton

Two rare travel posters showing scenes of Northern Ireland in the 1930s are set to make nearly £3,000 at an upcoming auction.

The images, a painting of White Park Bay in Co Antrim and Belfast-built passenger ship The Duke of York, will be sold at Christie’s in London next month.

They are part of a unique collection of more than 200 vintage posters from around the world on sale at the auction house.

A 1935 poster of the launch of steamer passenger ship The Duke of York at Queen’s Island in Belfast is valued between £1,500 and £2,000.

Painted in striking red and black colours, the poster was commissioned by the ship's original owners, the London Midland and Scottish Railway, and produced by artist Norman Wilkinson.

The vessel, which was built by Harland and Wolff, was named after The Duke of York, who later became King George V, the great-grandfather of Prince William.

The second poster, an advert from the Ulster Tourist Development Association, features Paul Henry’s painting of the scenic White Park Bay near Ballintoy.

Showing pastel-coloured cliffs against a clear blue sky, the image is emblazoned with the words ‘Come To Ulster For A Better Holiday’ and is expected to sell for between £700 and £900. Belfast-born Henry, described by his biographer as “Ireland’s greatest 20th century landscape painter”, captured the scene in 1925.

To add to their expected financial value at the auction, the nostalgic posters of Ulster’s tourism industry are of great historical importance.

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