Painting once used as famous railway poster gifted to Edinburgh

An atmospheric oil painting of the Palace of Holyroodhouse which was once used as the subject of a British Rail poster has been donated to the City of Edinburgh's nationally recognised art collection.

The painting, by celebrated British artist Claude Buckle RI RSMA (1905-73), was used as a British Rail poster. Dating from 1960, the painting itself has been previously unseen by the public, having been displayed at the one-time headquarters of British Rail Scottish Region at Buchanan House in Glasgow.

It will go on display at the City Art Centre later this Spring. The poster itself can be seen in the Central Library on George IV Bridge.

During the pre-war years and after the war until 1963, Claude Buckle produced some 85 posters and 25 carriage prints for the railways, making him one of the most prolific and recognised railway poster artists.

On behalf of the City of Edinburgh, Councillor Ron Cairns, Vice Convener of the Culture and Leisure Committee, accepted the donated painting at the City Art Centre from BRB (Residuary) Ltd, who are presenting the donation to Edinburgh's collection at the request of the Railway Heritage Committee.

Cllr Cairns said: "This famous painting will no doubt be familiar to countless people in Edinburgh and beyond from its time as a railway poster, so I'm sure it will prove very popular when it goes on display at the City Art Centre. The Council is delighted to accept this generous donation from BRB (Residuary) Ltd, which is a very welcome addition to Edinburgh's nationally recognised art collection."

BRB (Residuary) Ltd has also donated a Claude Buckle painting of Falkland Palace to Fife Council. This painting will go on display to the public at Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery.

Donating the paintings, Peter Ovenstone, Chairman of the Railway Heritage Committee, said: "We are delighted to have been able to use the Railway Heritage Committee powers of designation and disposal to help ensure that these fine paintings find such excellent homes in these two museums.

"We have also been very pleased to hear of the Westminster Government's decision that the powers and protection for railway heritage exercised by the Railway Heritage Committee are to continue in another way by being transferred to the National Museum of Science and Industry."

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