The painting tacitly celebrates the optimism of the middle classes and their conviction that the development of communications could only go on getting better and better.

Six o'clock was the closing time for the departure of newspapers by the night's mail.


Commissioned by Wallis, but exchanged to Votkins; H.G.McCrea; M.Bernard Ltd by 1948; E.Waugh; Sotheby's, 1971; British Rail Pension Fund; Sotheby's 1990.

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