One of Melbourne and Victoria's most-loved tourist areas, the Dandenong Ranges, gets special attention from master designer James Northfield in this charming travel poster from the 1930s. Northfield's signature themes of healthy outdoor activity combined with inspiring landscape views are strongly in evidence here.
As in his Apollo Bay design, Northfield revels in the wholesome appeal of the Ranges as a holiday and activity destination, showing off the leisure fashions and hairstyles of the day as well as the characteristic forested hills.
As always, Northfield has a keen eye for contrasts. Notable are the non-naturalistic, multicoloured light effects in the background landscape, which contrast with the pristine design of the protagonists' tennis whites. In the foreground, he pits the Australian Tree Fern on the right with the Eucalyptus or 'Gum' tree to the left, both of which are ubiquitous in the area.
© All Northfield images courtesy of James Northfield Heritage Art Trust
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