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Sunny Rhyl

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (issued)

  • Date:

    1952 (issued)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mays, Douglas Lionel, born 1900 (designer)
    London Midland Region, British Railways (issuer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by British Railways

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 70, box 58

Physical description

Colour poster showing a crowd of children on the beach, one with her parents, watching a Punch and Judy show. One little boy is holding a bucket and spade, another a fishing net, and two boys are peering inside the tent, revealing the puppeteer's legs. In the background, people are riding donkeys and wading and swimming in the sea. A pier is also visible in the top-right corner.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (issued)


1952 (issued)


Mays, Douglas Lionel, born 1900 (designer)
London Midland Region, British Railways (issuer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'Sunny RHYL / The Children's Paradise / Go By BRITISH RAILWAYS'
Text of design


Diameter: 101.6 cm sheet, Width: 63.5 cm sheet

Descriptive line

'Sunny Rhyl'. Colour lithograph poster showing a crowd of young children on the beach, gathered around a Punch and Judy show. Designed by Douglas Lionel Mays and issued by the London Midland Region, British Railways, 1952.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Summary Catalogue of British Posters to 1988 in the Victoria & Albert Museum in the Department of Design, Prints & Drawing. Emmett Publishing, 1990. 129 p. ISBN: 1 869934 12 1
Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1952. London: HMSO, 1963.


Lithographic ink



Subjects depicted

Punch and Judy hut; Beach; Donkey; Children; Puppeteers; Holiday; Punch and Judy; Swimming trunks; Swimsuits


Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Advertising; Transport; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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