Experts raid the London Underground archives for a display of the most memorable poster designs from its 150 year history.
London Underground commissioned its first graphic poster in 1908, marking the start of a great artistic legacy. Since then, an array of clever designs and iconic illustrations have transformed these posters into a hugely popular cultural phenomenon.
In the year of its 150th anniversary, the company celebrates its role as a great patron of poster art with 150 works carefully selected from some 3,300 in the museum's collection. This is the first time a retrospective of London Underground's poster art has been held since 1963.
In order to be truly representative of the range and depth of the archive, designs have been chosen from each decade and include graphics by many famous artists including Edward McKnight Kauffer, Man Ray and Paul Nash, as well as examples by lesser-known names.
Divided thematically, the display ranges from underground etiquette – whereby passengers are given reassuring messages about their method of transport – to celebrating cultutral and sporting events, to London landmarks as they've been featured in posters over the years.
The exhibition also offers a rare opportunity to view letter-press posters from the late nineteenth century.