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Press Shop, Austin, Longbridge, Warwickshire

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: British Motor Industry Heritage Trust

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In 1955 Robert Johnston was engaged by the Austin Motor Co. to provide a series of illustrations for a book published by the company to celebrate its golden jubilee. The illustrations were in his usual medium of watercolour. It was not Johnston’s first work for Austin, however, as he had already produced four paintings in oil for the company, of which this is one. The sheer scale of car manufacturing really comes home in this scene.

Heritage Motor Centre


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    70 x 90 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    gift, 1995

Heritage Motor Centre

Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire CV35 0BJ England

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