Herb Mott

Herb Mott was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey, on November 10, 1923. From an early age, drawing was a natural skill that continued in his service in World War II with the Army Air Force. Upon returning to civilian life he continued his art career in New York, working for several advertising agencies. Trains and railroad artwork comprised a large interest for Herb in the 1950’s through 1960’s. His large pieces are executed in oil, while the smaller works were in gouache. Herb did a significant volume of work for Railroad Magazine, including 52 cover illustrations, the heaviest concentration of which were done between 1949 and 1953. The basement of the Mott family home in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, was transformed into a large Lionel model railroad layout, complete with switching yards, tunnels into different rooms, and homemade scenery. Many original railroad paintings were put on display at home before their removal to the ad agency. A favorite for his sons was the “Buffalo Hunt,” for the cover of the January 1953 issue of Argosy magazine. Other original artwork can be seen in the 1962 book “Great Trains of All Times.”

Frisco Hump Yard/October 1953 (Courtesy of Railfan & Railroad magazine)
Northern Juice/December 1953 (Courtesy of Railfan & Railroad magazine)

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