Mam Tor, near Castleton, Derbyshire, 1976
March, from The Shell Guide to Trees and Shrubs
Bought a bashed copy of the 1958 Shell Guide to Trees and Shrubs in the goldmine market at end of street last week and discovered Iâ€™d been brought up on Stanley Roy Badmin. His advertising posters and hoardings for rail and industry once covered the country, and helped define Britainâ€™s postwar image of itself. School walls all sported Shell Classroom Guide posters, and his prints were ubiquitous at Christmas as greetings cards and calendars.
His workâ€™s characteristically full of minute detail. Such careful realism is now terribly unfashionable but theyâ€™re still brilliant drawings. He was famous for his trees. Apparently itâ€™s very important to get the angle of the branches right.