Great Western Railway jigsaw collection - page 3


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The Torbay Express

375 pieces (approx. 27"x12 1⁄2") in blue box with blue label.
Published from 1930 to 1934. This is the early small version with the puzzle later being increased to 400 pieces.
From the painting by F.N.J.Moody, originally used for a poster.



Vikings Landing at St.Ives

375 pieces (approx. 21 3⁄4"x15 3⁄4") in blue box with blue label.
Published from 1930 to 1936. This is the early version with the puzzle being increased to 400 pieces from 1933.
Painted by the artist Percy F.S.Spence and dated March 1928.



Windsor Castle

About 150 pieces (approx. 11 1⁄4"x16 1⁄4") in brown box with black label.
Published from 1931 to 1934. This is the early version with the puzzle later being increased to 200 pieces.
Painted by the artist Percy F.S.Spence.



Mountains of Killarney

About 150 pieces (approx. 15 1⁄2"x12") in brown box with black label.
Published from 1931 to 1935. This is the early version with the puzzle later being increased to 200 pieces.
Painted by the artist Warwick Goble.

The picture shows the Gap of Dunloe with the river crossed by a bridge in the distance. Close examination of what at first may seem to be an empty landscape reveals eleven cows grazing next to the river whilst another has made it up to the road and is grazing on the verge. A horse and cart and a walker have just passed by, whilst another two people and a cart can be seen crossing the brige.



King Arthur on Dartmoor

About 375 pieces (approx. 21 3⁄4"x15 3⁄4") in blue box with blue label.
Published from 1931 to 1936. This is the early version with the puzzle later being increased to 400 pieces.
Painted by the artist Percy Spence and dated February 1928. This image was used for a poster advertising Glorious Devon which included the title King Arthur and His Knights crossing Dartmoor.



Fingle Bridge

About 200 pieces (approx. 17"x11") in orange slip case box.
Published from 1930 to 1933, initially with about 150 pieces and named 'Springtime in Devon - Fingle Bridge', this is the later enlarged and renamed edition.
The painting by Edith A.Andrews shows a view up the River Teign towards Fingle Bridge on Dartmoor.



Stratford‑upon‑Avon (Harvard House)

About 375 pieces (approx. 21 3⁄4"x15 1⁄2") in blue slipcase box.
Published from 1933 to 1938. This is the early small version with the puzzle later being increased to 400 pieces.
From a painting by Michael Reilly.

Prominent in the foreground is Harvard House of the title. It was the home of the maternal grandparents of John Harvard, founder of Harvard University. The house was built in 1596 for Thomas Rodgers and his wife Alice. Their daughter married Robert Harvard whose son, John, went to America in 1637. Possibly designed to appeal to a transatlantic audience, it is shown flying the American flag.



Bath

About 150 pieces (approx. 15 1⁄2"x12") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1932 to 1936.
Painted by the artist Claude H.Buckle.

This is the early version published until about 1934, the puzzle later being increased to about 200 pieces and then renamed 'Beau Nash's Bath'. This image was used for a poster in the This England of ours series.



The Cheltenham Flyer

About 150 pieces (approx. 17"x10 3⁄4") in orange slip case box.
Published between 1933 and 1936, the puzzle later being increased to about 200 pieces.
Painting attributed to F.Moore, which was in fact the name of a collective studio rather than an individual artist, shows engine number 5000 'Launceston Castle' crossing Maidenhead Bridge.



The Romans at Caerleon

About 200 pieces (approx. 13 3⁄4"x13 3⁄4") in orange slip case box.
Published between 1933 and 1939, the puzzle later being reduced to about 150 pieces.
Painted by the artist Claude H.Buckle showing Roman soldiers entering the gate at Caerleon Castle which is near Newport.



St. David's Cathedral

About 200 pieces (approx. 16 1⁄4"x11") in orange slipcase box.
Published from 1930 to 1934 initially with about 150 pieces, this is the later enlarged edition.
The painting is not signed, but is attributed to A.Van Anrooy R.I. on the guide picture on the box.

This picture was used on a poster promoting St David's, Pembrokeshire South Wales.



The Torbay Express

400 pieces (approx. 23"x12") in blue box with blue label, but with half a piece missing.
Published from 1930 to 1934. This is the later enlarged version.
From the painting by F.N.J.Moody, originally used for a poster.

Comparing this puzzle with the earlier 375 piece one reveals that for some reason the right hand side has been cropped, with most of the hillside greenery and the artist's signature being lost. This is all the more puzzling as the guide picture stuck on the box states Size of puzzle 29"x13" and shows slighly less cropping.



Vikings Landing at St.Ives

400 pieces (approx. 21 3⁄4"x15 3⁄4") in blue slipcase box with brown spine label, but with paper loss on some pieces.
Published from 1930 to 1936 initially with 375 pieces. This is the later enlarged version.
Painted by the artist Percy F.S.Spence and dated March 1928.



Stratford‑upon‑Avon (Harvard House)

About 400 pieces (approx. 22"x15 3⁄4") in blue slipcase box.
Published from 1933 to 1938, initially with 375 pieces. This is the later enlarged version.
From a painting by Michael Reilly.

Prominent in the foreground is Harvard House of the title. It was the home of the maternal grandparents of John Harvard, founder of Harvard University. The house was built in 1596 for Thomas Rodgers and his wife Alice. Their daughter married Robert Harvard whose son, John, went to America in 1637. Possibly designed to appeal to a transatlantic audience, it is shown flying the American flag. Also contains an original copy of the leaflet describing Harvard House.



Brazenose College Oxford

About 400 pieces (approx. 22 3⁄4"x15 1⁄2") in blue slipcase box.
Published from 1933 to 1939 being spelt variously with either s or z.
View inside Brasenose College quad in Oxford, painted by the artist Claude H.Buckle and dated 1932.

This is the only puzzle in the series to have a black border and was used for a poster advertising OXFORD in the This England of ours series.


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