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Poster Parade: Re-imagining Historical Posters

The latest poster display at the London Transport Museum looks at classic designs that have gone on to provide inspiration for a new generation of artists throughout London’s transport history. Featuring 21 original posters from the Museum’s archive, they show memorable designs and messages that can be cleverly reinterpreted for contemporary audiences. Amongst the pieces that will be showcased are two of London Underground’s most iconic posters: London Transport by Man Ray from 1938, regarded as one of the most iconic artworks designed for the Underground; and Brightest London and Home by Underground, by Horace Taylor, 1924.

London Transport Museum, situated in the heart of Covent Garden, cares for one of the finest transport poster archives in the world. For 100 years, since Frank Pick, the first Chief Executive of London Transport, commissioned the first graphic poster for London Underground, the company and its successors have kept copies of everything they ever produced. In the early 20th century, under Pick’s guidance, London Transport commissioned work from the best artists and designers in the country, in order to encourage the use of public transport. By the 1980s, when the collection was transferred to the Museum, it contained more than 5000 printed posters and nearly 1000 original artworks. The collection has grown steadily ever since, and is now a uniquely comprehensive picture of a century of British graphic design. It has seen many styles, themes and designs revisited by artists old and new.

1983.4.5186 London Underground Man Ray

1999.38060 Simply Fashion Trickett and Webb

2015.172_T_Brightest London Virginie Morgand

1983.4.1743 Brightest London Horace Taylor

London Transport Museum’s latest poster parade ‘Reimagining Historic Posters’ is open from 27th January – 27th April 2017 on the Mezzanine, Level 1 of the Museum.

You can also purchase copies of London Underground poster art online.

London Transport Museum
Covent Garden Piazza,