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London Underground Art Posters

London Underground has a long history, since the early 20th century, of commissioning artists and designers to produce posters for display in Underground stations. In 1986, after a short lapse, London Underground began an active campaign of commissioning artists again with the aim of concentrating on fine art, rather than poster design. The essential difference was that artists were given a free hand without outside influence on the resulting work of art, unlike the commercial art route to advertising. The only specification was that all places had to be accessible by Underground. The resulting posters were never considered advertisements; rather, they were seen as good decoration for the stations, a passenger benefit and a way of continuing the Underground's long history of responsibility towards art and heritage. 

Many famous artists responded to the offer of commissions, including Julian Trevelyan RA, John Bellany RA, Ruskin Spear RA, Bruce McLean, Sandra Fisher, RB Kitaj RA, Tom Wood, Philip Sutton RA, Frederick Gore RA, Howard Hodgkin, Anthony Green RA, Mick Rooney RA, Jeffrey Camp RA, Gillian Ayres RA, Norman Hepple RA, Martin Parr and many others.  

These posters were all printed between 1986 and 1992 and have been stored ever since rolled in tubes. Their provenance is excellent. The printing varied to accommodate the wishes of the artists, sometimes requiring as many as six colours. 

Below are the photos of the posters and a selection of 12 posters with more details; we have access to 55 different poster designs by various artists, most of them are available in more than one size. Please 
contact us if you would like more information on this collection of London Underground posters or if you have any specific requests or queries. 

London Underground Poster Tate Gallery by Tube by David Booth Fine White Line London Underground Poster Tate Gallery by Tube by David Booth Fine White Line London Underground Poster Tate Gallery by Tube by David Booth Fine White Line London Underground Poster Tate Gallery by Tube by David Booth Fine White Line
Tate Gallery, David Booth Fine White Line, 1986
Brick Lane Clothes Show, Mick Rooney ARA, 1991
 Camden Lock, John Bellany, 1991
City Farms, Lizzie Riches, 1990 
London Underground poster Cricket Lovely Cricket London Underground poster Days on the Water by Sandra Fisher London Underground poster Columbia Road Flower Market by Kay Gallwey London Underground poster Fly the Tube to Heathrow by Wilson McLean
 Cricket, Lovely Cricket, Adrian Clarke, 1991
 Days on the Water,  Sandra Fisher, 1989
Columbia Road Flower Market, Kay Gallwey, 1988 
Fly the Tube to Heathrow, Wilson McLean, 1986
 London Underground poster To come home in the evening to find the kids have carried out theor own form of anarchy is just about the last thing I can face  by Martin Parr London Underground poster We wanted a cottagey stately home kind of feel by Martin Parr   London Underground poster Sue has definitely given the bathroom the feminine touch. by Martin Parr  London Underground poster We keep on buying things thinking
 To come home in the evening, Martin Parr, 1991
 We wanted a cottagey, Martin Parr, 1991
 Sue has definitely, Martin Parr, 1991
 We keep on buying, Martin Parr, 1991
 London Underground poster Highgate Cemetery by Terrence Warren London Underground poster Lazing on a Summer Afternoon by Norman Hepple RA   London Underground Poster The New Kew by Tube, Princess of Wales Conservatory by Jenny Tuffs  London Underground poster Find Michaelangelo at the V&A by RB Kitaj RA
 Highgate Cemetery, Terrence Warren, 1990
 Lazing on a Summer Afternoon, Norman Hepple, 1991
 The New Kew, Jenny Tuffs, 1987
 Find Michaelangelo at the V&A, RB Kitaj, 1992
 London Underground Poster The New Piccadilly Circus by Jacqueline Rizvi NEAC, RWS  London Underground Poster Oranges and Lemons by Gillian Ayres RA  London Underground poster Richmond Riverside by Spencer Rowell  London Underground poster Sir John Soane's Museum by Dan Fern
 The New Piccadilly Circus, Jacqueline Rizvi, 1990
 Oranges and Lemons, Gillian Ayres, 1991
 Richmond Riverside, Spencer Rowell, 1989
 Sir John Soane's Museum, Dan Fern, 1987
 London Underground poster Take the Tube to the Park by Peter Lee  London Underground poster Garden of Earthly Delights by Pascale Petit  London Underground poster The Flamingoes by Tube by Kay Gallwey  London Underground poster The Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green by Simon Gales
Take the Tube to the Park, Peter Lee, 1986
Garden of Earthly Delights, Pascale Petit, 1990
Flamingoes, Kay Gallwey, 1987
Museum of Childhood, Simon Gales, 1990
 London Underground Poster Royal Academy of Arts by Anthony Green RA  London Underground poster Whitechapel Art Gallery by Bruce McLean  Fly the Tube to Amsterdam  Fly the Tube to Paris
Royal Academy of Arts, Anthony Green, 1990
Whitechapel Gallery, Bruce McLean, 1988
Fly the Tube to Amsterdam, 1986
Fly the Tube to Paris, 1986
 Monument by Jeffrey Camp RA  Get Your Skates On by Roslav Szaybo  Weedonhill Wood by Lucas Kuys  West End by Tube by Celia Lyttleton
Monument, Jeffrey Camp, 1991
Get Your Skates On, Roslav Szaybo, 1988
Weedonhill Wood, Lucas Kuys, 1992
West End by Tube, Celia Lyttleton, 1986
 Heathrow by Benoit Jacques  London Underground poster Starve A Meter  London Underground poster Please Take Your Litter Home  
Fly the Tube to Heathrow, Benoit Jacques, 1987
Starve A Meter
Please Take Your Litter Home
 
       
       

 


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