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Design drawings/Artworks (27), industrial designs, Charles Beauvais, England/Sydney, 1930-1960

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Design drawings/Artworks (27), industrial designs, Charles Beauvais, England/Sydney, 1930-1960

This series contains design drawings and artwork created by Charles Frederick Beauvais. Fifteen of the designs are motor vehicles designed for General Motors Holden Limited in Melbourne. Upon his arrival in Melbourne in 1937, Beauvais worked for the Special Body Division of General Motors Holden, designing customised vehicles. He designed streamlined motor coaches, limousines and commercial …

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Design drawings/Artworks (27), industrial designs, Charles Beauvais, England/Sydney, 1930-1960

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Design drawings/Artworks (27), industrial designs, Charles Beauvais, England/Sydney, 1930-1960

This series contains design drawings and artwork created by Charles Frederick Beauvais. Fifteen of the designs are motor vehicles designed for General Motors Holden Limited in Melbourne. Upon his arrival in Melbourne in 1937, Beauvais worked for the Special Body Division of General Motors Holden, designing customised vehicles. He designed streamlined motor coaches, limousines and commercial vehicles. When the War began he designed jigs and tools for wartime aircraft production.

Beauvais then worked as an artist for The Argus newspaper. He created a number of war illustrations, as well as having his futuristic designs published. This series contains original artwork for illustrations that appeared in the newspaper. One such drawing depicted a helicopter bus service from Wynyard station and appeared in an article titled 'Atomic Age, Artist forsees New Transport Methods'.

In the mid 1940s Beauvais moved to Sydney and established his industrial design company 'Industrial Styling Company - Australasia'. Some of the drawings date from this time, and are stamped with the company stamp. Others were done by Beauvais in England, before he came to Australia. Beauvais appears to have reused and further developed many of his English ideas once he was in Australia. Whilst most of the designs are for motor vehicles, which was Beauvais main area of interest, the two drawings of the ice bucket indicate that the Industrial Styling Company created a broad range of products.

Also included in this series are two drawings of the Beauvais 'Car of the Future'. The first is a pencil drawing dating from 1934 which appeared in an article in The Motor in 1936, the other is a painting dated 1945, which appeared in the Argus Weekend Magazine in an article by Beauvais titled 'The Post War Car'. The drawings are similar in that the engine for the car is at the rear and both feature the streamlined body.

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Design drawings/Artworks (27), industrial designs, Charles Beauvais, England/Sydney, 1930-1960 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 3 December 2022, <https://ma.as/156861>

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