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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ginger, Phyllis E., born 1907 - died 2005 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Paul Durbin and Eleanor Durbin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 159

This etching of a scene inside a bus is typical of the illustrative style of Phyllis Ginger (1907-2005), which is often characterized by distinctive and lively sketches of people in everyday situations and can be seen in book covers, advertisements and illustrations for works such as for Hal Missingham's book 'London Characters'. Ginger is best known for her topographical landscapes in watercolours of British scenes painted as part of the Pilgrim Trust's 'Recording Britain' project, started in 1939 with the purpose of recording aspects of British landscape that might be destroyed and lost under enemy bombing. However, her first ambition was to become an illustrator. She was a prolific book illustrator and designer of book covers for publishers such as Puffin, JM Dent and the magazine Harper's Bazaar, as well as pictorial advertisements.

Physical description

Etching showing passengers inside a bus or tram. One man is standing up holding a leather support. One woman has a child on her lap and seems to be asleep and another just visible reads a newspaper. Another woman holding a pair of gloves has her shopping bag on the seat next to her and a man in a bowler hat, also holding a pair of gloves and his ticket, has a small suitcase on the floor between. Through the window can be seen shop fronts.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, made)


20th century (made)


Ginger, Phyllis E., born 1907 - died 2005 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching on paper


Height: 20.1 cm plate mark, Width: 24 cm plate mark, Height: 27.6 cm paper (max), Width: 41.7 cm paper (max)

Descriptive line

Print showing passengers on an bus, by Phyllis Ginger.


Ink; Laid paper



Subjects depicted

Signage; Hats; Bus; People; Costume; Stream; Shops


Prints; Illustration; Transport


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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