Design for Poster for School of Architecture and Applied Art

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Bell was the instructor of painting and drawing at Liverpool School of Architecture and Applied Arts between 1894 and 1898 (also known as the Art Sheds). This is a poster design for the School which was founded in 1894. Bell excelled in relief panels, bookplates and illustrations, often combining decorative designs and allegory in his subjects. The sailing ship refers to the city's history as a working port, and the floral designs are thought to incorporate the rose of Lancaster. This design differs from the final poster.