Original Limited Edition Print SS France/ SS Norway – John Mattos
This print was in the Staterooms
One of seven specially commissioned in 1979, limited edition prints for the refit of the SS Norway when it was sold by French Line to Norwegian Cruise Line
The commissioned artists included, Laura Smith , Stearney , Terry Allen and John Mattos. The illustrations were then mechanically reproduced in four colours and mounted on cardboard
The SS France was a Compagnie Générale Transatlantique CGT, or French Line ocean liner, constructed by the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard at Saint-Nazaire, France, and put into service in February 1961. At the time of her construction in 1960 she was the longest passenger ship ever built. Her length of 316 meters remained unchallenged until the construction of the 345 meter RMS Queen Mary 2 in 2005.
SS France was later renamed SS Norway and undertook mostly cruises for Norwegian Cruise Line.
John Mattos in an interview which asked what was the oddest project he had worked on , he said the following ;
Signage and Art for Staterooms for the “SS Norway” (Formerly the SS France) Deco Cruise Ship. The odd part is, the ship ran aground in the Indian Ocean in the 2000’s and was sold for scrap in India, One of the stateroom posters recently surfaced at Auction in Manhattan, beautifully framed in the ‘30s style when the ship was built, it was sold as an antique for more than twice my fee for that part of the project.
We will supply the posters in their original beechwood frames , but not with the glass unless collected.
Grade A condition , we do have Grade Bs
36in 91.5cm width
25.25in 65cm height
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