Frank Sherwin (1896-1986) was born in Derby and studied at the Derby School of Art and then in Chelsea, London at the Heatherleys School of Fine Art.
He specialised in watercolours, but is remembered for the railway posters which promoted travel to holiday destinations around Britain and were very much part of the railways in the days of steam. He did posters for GWR, LMS, LNER & British Rail.
During the war he was an advisor to the War Office on the camouflage of air fields. It is also said that some of his paintings were used in wartime posters.
Frank will always be known for his watercolour paintings of landscapes. The collection of pictures from the family archive is mostly painted in gouache on board and reflect the same interest in landscape and the British countryside. The simplicity of composition and limited colour palette give the painting a timeless feel.