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Daphne Padden

October 12, 2010

Portrait of Daphne Padden (above) painted by her father.

British Artist Daphne Padden was born on 21st May 1927, the daughter of Percy Padden

who was also an travel poster illustrator  working in the 20’s and 30’s.

Her strongest work (in my mind) is the work she created from the late 50’s to the mid 70’s,

working for M&S, Trust House Forte,the Post Office Savings Bank, British European Airways

and most famously the British Transport Commission,

and in particular the Royal Blue Coach Services.

During the late 70’s she changed direction and became a fine artist, painting in a

completely different style altogether, sadly she passed away in September of last year.

Thanks to the fantastic Quad RoyalAlison and Amy for the great images and for helping

to keep amazing artists such as Daphne remembered in the public eye.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. ssarahlou permalink
    October 12, 2010 9:09 pm

    Wasn’t advertising fun back then…..why have we become sooooooo serious !??

  2. October 18, 2010 7:50 am

    Thanks for the compliments – it’s great to see Daphne Padden getting just some of the attention she deserves!

    • October 18, 2010 7:58 am

      No problem. I’m wondering if anyone is writing a book featuring all these amazing designers from this era. I think it would be a best seller.
      Keep up the great work.

  3. lesley permalink
    October 30, 2011 1:50 pm

    My family are related to Percy and Daphne – my grandad was Percy’s cousin – although we never knew until recently. My daughter is studying Fine art at university and is using Percy and Daphne’s posters to study. I love them!

    • October 30, 2011 4:30 pm

      Hi Lesley, what a lovely story, thanks for sharing that with us. How wonderful to be inspired by things that our relatives did or created. Daphne’s work is truly inspirational.

  4. August 27, 2012 2:04 pm

    I recently came across Daphne’s “Royal Blue” set on Pinterest and absolutely Love them! I had a feeling I’d learn more about her here. Think I love it all, great color combinations and humor throughout. Would be interested to see what she did as a fine artist. Congratulations on your 500th post!!! will check out more back editions now, see that other faves like Matte Stephens and Michael Sowa included … again great blog!

    • August 27, 2012 2:59 pm

      Daphne had a beautiful way of illustrating, I’ve liked everything she’s created in this style so far.
      Many thanks for your support and comments. Please keep them coming, they do perk up my day too !

  5. June 25, 2014 11:38 pm

    I really love this work.

    • June 26, 2014 7:22 am

      Thanks Shelby for letting me know. It is pretty wonderful isn’t it .

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