Museum of Brisbane

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Brisbane River City of the North | Brisbane Tourism Poster, by Percy Trompf, c1934

Definitely a Museum of Brisbane favourite… this iconic poster was commissioned by the Queensland Government Tourist Bureau, and created by Australian commercial artist, Percy Trompf. The poinsettia – Brisbane’s floral emblem, the Old Windmill and Brisbane River are all pictured in this colourful and creative perspective. Can you spot another Brisbane icon?

“With regard to poster work particularly, lighting is the all-important factor. Strong light and shadow thrown on the objects of figures to be painted, if carefully reproduced by the artist, will make the poster concerned stand out on the hoardings, even if details are left out and nothing but two tones to each color are included.” Percy Trompf, (1902–1964).