Red Letter Rolls
Red Letter Rolls
acrylic on shaped panel with attachment
35 1/2 x 42 inches
Jim Sweazy, 2009
Rolls-Royce used red letters on the radiator mascot until 1933. One camp says the color was changed to black to commemorate the death of Royce, the other camp says that the red color often clashed with the body color of the car. One rumor has it that the Duke of Windsor voiced his opinion against the red monogram, and that was why it changed.
My painting has the "Spirit of Ecstasy" in full flight atop the radiator cap, with an attached monogram, etched with the lettering of the great company name.