no date [circa 1940s]. [Children's Adventure Artwork] ORIGINAL PAINTING (38 x 57cm). Gouache painted directly onto a Winsor & Newton Fashion-Plate Drawing Board, details printed on reverse. A little rubbed, chipped and bumped to edges, but clean and bright generally. Very good. An original painting produced by Leslie Stead, or one of the members of 'Studio Stead,' believed for a Biggles title, but apparently never published. Winsor and Newton's art supplies factory in Wealdstone, Middlesex, opened in 1937, providing a terminus post quem. The style of their advertisement on the back suggests a date between the late 1930's and the early 1950's, but otherwise there is no direct evidence to suggest a date for the painting, unless the title of the book it was intended to illustrate could be established. Item #57778
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