Carriage panels appeared to decorate the walls of carriages
in the early days of railways and these were generally black and white and
sepia images of places that the particular railway visited.
From there the railway companies realised
the benefits of a captive audience and started to use informative system maps
and adverts as well as photos.
developed into what we regard as modern carriage prints. The artwork was
prepared by artists employed by the railways to capture a particular view and
then prints were produced – often in considerable numbers - of the view and displayed in the carriages
in frames with toughened safety glass.
The value of a print depends on aesthetic
quality and scarcity.
The authority on the
subject is Greg Norden who has written a wonderful book called "Landscapes Under
the Luggage Rack"
which is comprehensively illustrated and tells the complete story of
these varied prints and is a must for
anyone wanting to start a collection.
you are buying a scarce print you are best advised to go for one in Mint condition.
If you would like more
information we recommend you visit
Norden's website which
includes details of a price and rarity guide for all colour carriage prints.
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