Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II “Spirit of Ecstasy” photo print


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Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II “Spirit of Ecstasy” photo art print by David Pisani.

Gallery quality photo art prints on 290 gsm bright white premium paper with 110% whiteness with gloss 15% @ 60°.



The Silver Shadow is probably the most famous Rolls Royce ever built and for sure – it had the largest production volume of any Rolls Royce. This photo art print by David Pisani is praising this very car with a focus at the Spirit of Ecstasy – small figurine of a woman on top of the radiator grille.

The Rolls Royce mascot has pretty interesting story by itself. The Spirit of Ecstasy is created by the British sculptor Charles Sykes and depicts the second Baron Montagu of Beaulieu` mistress. At the beginning of the 20th century, John Edward Scott-Montagu was an editor for The Car Illustrated magazine. He was properly married but felt in impossible love with his secretary Eleanor Velasco Thornton. When Baron Montagu decided to have mascot on his personal Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, he commissioned his friend Charles Sykes. He chose Eleanor to be his model and crafted a figurine of her in fluttering robes with forefingers against her lips – to symbolize their love affair kept in secret.

Rolls-Royce-Silver Shadow II-1977–80

Few years later, Claude Johnson, then managing director of Rolls Royce turned to Sykes to create specific brand mascot since some clients’ affixed inappropriate ornaments to their cars. Charles Sykes created variation of the Baron Montagu figurine, called the Spirit of Speed. Later, Sykes called it A graceful little goddess, the Spirit of Ecstasy, who has selected road travel as her supreme delight and alighted on the prow of a Rolls-Royce motor car to revel in the freshness of the air and the musical sound of her fluttering draperies.

Since 1911, almost every Rolls Royce was delivered with the Spirit of Ecstasy mounted on top of the neo classical shaped radiator grille. This graceful feel emited by Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was beautifully captured with period correct camera by David Pisani. Now you can own it as photo art print carefully issued by Simply Petrol.


David Pisani is a professional photographer specialized in architecture and urban reportage. He is mostly known for his passion for Black and White photography and is an avid darkroom printer. His love for classic and vintage cars is probably less known however he has been a classic car enthusiast since childhood, so it was only inevitable that one day he should turn his camera to these marvels of engineering and beauty. He often photographs the cars with cameras of the same vintage and all his images are originated on film. David’s evocative and sensual photography transcends the classic car ethos to produce images of intrinsic beauty.


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Mini – 14 x 10 inches | 35 x 24 cm, X-Large – 55 x 38 inches | 140 x 97 cm, Small – 20 x 14 inches | 50 x 35 cm, Medium – 28 x 20 inches | 70 x 50 cm, Large – 40 x 28 inches | 100 x 70 cm

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