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London Transport Posters [Paperback]

David Bownes , Oliver Green
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1 July 2011
"London Transport Posters", now available in an attractive paperback edition at an accessible paperback price, celebrates a century of outstanding graphic design commissioned by the Underground, London Transport, and its present-day successor, Transport for London. The book explores the organisation's pioneering role as Britain's greatest patron of poster art, a unique role developed in the early twentieth century under the visionary leadership of Frank Pick. The selected artworks and posters, many published here for the first time, reflect a dazzling variety of period styles and techniques, produced by an extraordinary range of artists and designers attracted by the Underground's world-wide reputation. The resulting legacy includes works by practitioners as diverse as John Hassall, Edward McKnight Kauffer, Laura Knight, Man Ray, Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, Abram Games, William Roberts, Howard Hodgkin and David Shrigley. Drawing on newly researched sources in the archives of London Transport Museum and Transport for London, the book discusses and illustrates the different styles and themes emerging from the posters over the last hundred years. These include the contrasting approaches of commercial graphic designers and the group of modernist avant-garde artists commissioned by the Underground in the 1920s and 1930s; the use of posters to support the expansion of the Tube by attracting new audiences and selling an aspirational vision of suburbia; the important role of women in the development of poster advertising both as designers and consumers; the different uses of the transport poster during two world wars; the changing fortunes of the poster in the post-war period; and the public view of posters from 1908 to the present day. More than 250 images are drawn from the London Transport Museum's collection of over 5000 posters and artworks, which represents the most complete graphic archive of its kind to be assembled by a single organisation over so long a period anywhere in the world. "London Transport Posters: A Century of Art and Design" is richly illustrated with examples of posters from all periods, and is an invaluable reference book and visual resource for all those with an interest in twentieth-century design.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lund Humphries (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853319855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853319856
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 21.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Every page of this book offers the reader images of the diversity of subject-matter and artistic style that have exemplified London Transport Posters over the last century... This is a book with wide appeal; it would be the ideal complement to a visit to the London Transport Museum for the general visitor, while offering a sound introduction to the subject for those seeking a deeper understanding of this important design phenomenon.' ----- Cassone

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David Bownes is Senior Curator at London Transport Museum. His recent publications include The Metropolitan Railway (2005). Oliver Green is Head Curator at London Transport Museum and has written and lectured extensively on London Transport's design history. Jonathan Black is a Senior Research Fellow in History of Art at Dorich House Museum, Kingston University, with a special interest in early twentieth-century European art, cultural and military history. Emmanuelle Dirix is a design historian and associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London and the London College of Fashion. Claire Dobbin is an art historian and Project Curator at London Transport Museum. Catherine Flood is a Curator of Prints at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London with responsibility for the Museum's poster collection. Bex Lewis is an Honorary Research Fellow in History at the University of Winchester. Alan Powers is Professor of Architecture and Cultural History at the University of Greenwich and has written extensively on twentieth-century British art and design. Paul Rennie is Head of Context in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Brian Webb is a practising designer who, with his former agency Trickett and Webb, designed a number of posters for London Underground.

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5.0 out of 5 stars London Posters 20 Nov 2009
This is a must for all those collectors of London Transport postersa nd those intereested in the history of Underground and rural bus travel in the London area. London Transport has always used art for publicity purposes and even today are at the forefront of commercial poster art usage. This book follows on from earlier books on the same subject, but the writer has added a contemporary style to a classical subject; for me, the blend works well. The quality of imagery and writing is first class and this work is highly recommended for all those who love this type of travel posters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book revue 22 Mar 2014
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this is an absolute gem of a book, fabulous reproduction and fascinating text, and all at a great price. would buy it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars super book 4 Feb 2014
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I bought this book for my son, who lives in america and is really interested in this subject. It is beautify illustrated and my son was so pleased with it. Even though I had to post it to the states, it was still an excellent buy and well done amazon for having such a wide choice of diverse subjects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Posters book 24 Dec 2013
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I brought this book after a visit the Acton Museum to see the posters and paintings that they have stored there. I would recommend this book to everyone who has an interest in the history and development of posters on the rail network. Magic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than pictures 11 Oct 2013
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While much of this book's attraction is in the many well reproduced posters, the series of essays which accompanies them gives an insight into their commissioning,design, and use which enhances one's enjoyment of these often iconic posters.
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