Thursday, 26 March 2009

The Stage of London Life

This is Edward Bawden's poster for Hyde Park, done in 1925. The original artwork (in watercolour) is in an excellent little exhibtion of London Transport posters at the London Transport Museum (the only drawback to which is that you have to pay for the entire London Transport Museum 'experience' in order to see the exhibition - oh and it ends on the last day of the month). Also on display is this lovely watercolour of Greenwich observatory by Eric Ravilious, which was rejected by LT on the grounds that, nice painting though it was, it wasn't going to get more people going to the observatory - which seems harsh...


  1. The Ravilious watercolour is lovely. That delicate park bench is definitely "whiffling" for joy which, rooks and all, strikes me as great a Ronald Searle-ish word.

  2. excellent - Im loving the Bawden since you introduced me to him Nige