Painting by Mike Jeffries
Bus leaving bus stop in Princes Street.
Scott Monument and Royal Scottish Academy in the background
Mike Jeffries, London, England. More of Mike's
paintings can be found on this page of the
Jeffries who painted this picture wrote:
"A Leyland PD3 pulls away from a
bus stop while a Rover Cyclops saloon races past."
The bus is
heading west and is close to the junction of Princes Street and Frederick
Street. Is that a black Humber car just beyond the bus stop?
In the background, on the right-hand side of the
- The Royal Scottish Academy at the foot of
- The top of the Scott Monument, towering
above the RSA.
The bus in this picture is one of a large fleet
acquired to replace Edinburgh's trams in the mid-1950s. The last
tram ran in Edinburgh in 1956.
another painting of transport in Princes Street - a
tram, probably around the early-1950s.
Please click on this thumbnail image to enlarge it.
Paintings by Mike Jeffries
Calendars, Cards and Commissions
Mike Jeffries has produced oil paintings of trams, buses, lorries and
other commercial vehicles throughout Britain. Some have been painted
for calendars, some for cards and some for commissions. More of his
paintings can be found on the
This painting and others by Mike Jeffries have been
reproduced as jigsaws. Some of these jigsaws can be seen on this
page of the
Wentworth Wooden Jigsaws web site.
George T Smith
Nanaimo, Vancouver Island,
British Columbia, Canada
Car in the Background
Thank you to George T Smith for responding to my question above, asking
if that was a Humber parked beside the pavement beyond the bus stop in
"The car is a Humber, either the Hawk or a
slightly bigger car of the same make whose name I forget.
I learned to drive a patrol car on a
Humber Hawk in 1953, though ended up driving Austin 16, Austin A70
Herefords and Hampshires, then Ford Zodiac. Not one of these could
outrun the current small Japanese hatchbacks.
George T Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island,
British Columbia, Canada: November 30, 2010
The cars that you mention are familiar to me.
I also learnt to drive on a Humber Hawk. That was in 1962.
It was my Dad's 1947 Humber Hawk - quite a bulky' model, not so sleek as
the car in the photo above.
The larger Humber models were the Snipe and Super Snipe. I
remember a new model of the Super Snipe, with double-headlights, being
introduced in the 1960s.
The first car that I owned was a 1953 Austin A70 Hereford. I
offered all the cash I had in my money box to buy it, £24 10s. My
offer was accepted and I ran the car from about 1965 to 1970.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: November 30, 2010
Car in the Background
Thank you to Mike Jeffries, the artist who painted this picture, for
Humber Super Snipe
"As to the car in the background of this
painting, it is supposed to be a Super Snipe"
"Of course, the Rover in the foreground is the
first mark of the very successful P4 series.
One of the many jobs I had in my youth was at
Rover's Solihull factory, in the late-1960s, working on the 2000
"My first car was a 1934 Austin Seven saloon
in lovely original black and fawn. It cost me the princely sum of
£7.10s which was a lot of money to a National Serviceman on £1.10s a week!
Since then I think I've lost count of the
number of vehicles I've owned:
- 1939 SS Jaguar, 3.5 litre
- 1948 Standard Vanguard
- 1950 AC, 2 litre
- 1950 Bristol LWLL6B single-decker bus
to name but a few!
"I have many happy memories of Edinburgh from
my days posted at Colinton Barracks with the 21 Medium Regiment, Royal
Artillery, when one of our duties was guard duty at the Castle.
I've spent many a lonely hour in that sentry
box on a freezing night overlooking the city with the only sounds from the
railway far below, and seeing the sunrise over the Forth.
All in all, a beautiful city which I must
visit again some day."
Mike Jeffries, London, England: November 30, 2010