Oil Painting by Mike Jeffries

Princes Street


Bus leaving bus stop in Princes Street.  Scott Monument and Royal Scottish Academy in the background

A Leyland PD3 bus leaves its bus stop in Princes Street in the 1960s

  Mike Jeffries, London, England.  More of Mike's paintings can be found on this page of the RedBubble web site.


Princes Street

Mike 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 picture are:

-  The Royal Scottish Academy at the foot of the Mound.

-  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.


Here is another painting of transport in  Princes Street  -  a tram, probably around the early-1950s.  Please click on this thumbnail image to enlarge it.

Tram crossing Princes Street from Hanover Street, at the foot of the Mound


Oil 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 RedBubble web site.


A Leyland PD3 bus leaves its bus stop in Princes Street in the 1960s

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 this painting:

    A Leyland PD3 bus leaves its bus stop in Princes Street in the 1960s

George wrote:


"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

My Cars

Hi George.

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




Mike Jeffries

London, England

Car in the Background

Thank you to Mike Jeffries, the artist who painted this picture, for replying.

    A Leyland PD3 bus leaves its bus stop in Princes Street in the 1960s

Mike wrote:

Humber Super Snipe

"As to the car in the background of this painting, it is supposed to be a Super Snipe"

Rover P4

"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 production line."

My Cars

"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!

Edinburgh Memories

"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


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