Women poster designers for London Underground, exhibition

Kew Gardens by Tram, by Ella Coates

By Michal Boncza in England:

Saturday 7th March 2015

Michal Boncza reviews Poster Parade: A Century of Creative Women at the Transport Museum, London WC2


This remarkable exhibition, featuring work by women poster designers for London Underground, celebrates the extraordinary visual contribution they have made to public art over 100 years.

The array of distinctive styles on show is astonishing, starting with Ella Coates’s delightful autumnal watercolour Kew Gardens by Tram from 1910 and the seasonal theme is continued in Summer Joy by [Laura] Knight — the first woman ever to be elected to the Royal Academy — in which vigorous charcoal strokes outline the figures of women and girls on a shore of a boating lake with the splashes of contrasting colours completing a seductive, relaxing landscape.

Particularly striking, and still contemporary in its satirical target, is Amrid Banniza Johnston’s Regents Park Zoo in which the upper strata — judges, churchmen, bankers, stockbrokers and public-school boys — are caged behind bars while animals and kids maraud happily.

The prolific Herry Perry’s Country Joys From Morden Station is full of amusing and inviting detail and her The Empire Under One Roof tells us exactly what is being “extracted” from the colonies.

Other standouts include the internationally acclaimed Sybil Andrews and Cyril Power, working under the name Andrew Power, who designed the eye-catchingly modernist Aldershot Tattoo, Margaret Calkin James’s QED, Frieda Lingstrom’s LPTB To The Riverside and Dora M Batty’s mesmerising Return Of Persephone.

It’s an exhibition jammed with treasures but my one criticism is that it’s housed in the museum’s jammed mezzanine, where the through traffic of visitors make it impossible to linger and admire what’s on display.

Runs until April 23, more info: ltmuseum.co.uk.

See also here.

4 thoughts on “Women poster designers for London Underground, exhibition

  1. Pingback: Wildlife art exhibited in London | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: English King Charles I, art and revolution | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: English painter Annie Swynnerton exhibition | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.