White star Line poster could fetch £9,000

TI­TANIC: Sis­ter ship of dis­as­ter liner painted by Dundee artist is fea­tured

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - DICK BAR­TON

A rare poster by a Dundee artist ad­ver­tis­ing transat­lantic trips on the Ti­tanic and her sis­ter ship the Olympic could fetch a six-fig­ure sum at an auc­tion in Amer­ica this month.

The 20x24 inch poster was pro­duced around 1911 by Dundee-born artist James Scrim­geour Mann. Although it fea­tures an im­age of the Olympic, it is the men­tion of the ill-fated Ti­tanic that makes the poster so de­sir­able.

It is ex­pected to fetch between $8,000 and $12,000 (£6,000 to £9,000) when it comes up for sale at Swann Auc­tion Gal­leries in New York.

James Scrim­geour Mann was born in Dundee, on Au­gust 30 1883 to Dun­dee­born Mar­jory Mann and Dundee ship cap­tain James Mann.

He was 62 when he died in Wales in 1946.

He pro­duced his poster just a few months be­fore the Ti­tanic dis­as­ter.

His fa­ther was master of the Dundee bar­que Orion from 1897 un­til his death in 1901 and was a par­tic­u­larly colour­ful char­ac­ter.

In Novem­ber 1895, a San Fran­cisco news­pa­per said Cap­tain Mann led “a merry ship with a menagerie of chick­ens, rab­bits, a mon­key and a par­rot. There were three dogs plus pi­geons in the cap­tain’s cabin.”

Cap­tain Mann died at sea, off the coast of South Africa, in 1901.

More than 1,500 peo­ple died when the Ti­tanic hit an ice­berg and sank in the North At­lantic Ocean, on April 15 1912, dur­ing its maiden voy­age from Southamp­ton to New York.

The rare poster which is ex­pected to fetch up to £9,000 at the forth­com­ing auc­tion.

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