This summer has seen an exhibition at the London Transport Museum, as well as several online articles and a good number of tweets, covering the excellent work by women depicting various adverts for the London Underground. Many of these are vintage posters. It depicts works by artists from as early as the 1900s to the present.
Despite over 170 women being commissioned to design posters for London’s Underground, many of these works are not recognised as contributions made by women for three reasons. The designers worked for an agency which got the credit, or were perhaps compelled to use their initials instead of full names, whilst others’ work completely went unsigned.
A number of artists did however use their full names. These include those who were more established such as Mabel Lucie Attwell, Carol Barker, Dora M Batty, Dorrit Dekk, Dorothy Dix, Anne Hickmott, Anna Hymas, Ruth Hydes, Arnrid Johnston, Laura Knight, Mary Koop, Enid Marx, Louisa St. Pierre, Zandra Rhodes, Shelia Stratton and Jennie Tuffs.
Some of the more prolific were those such as Dora M Batty, numbering quite a few dozen different adverts.
Some of these artists designed the more iconic London Transport posters such as those for the boat race, the Derby, cup finals at Wembley, the Zoo, shopping sales, showbiz, Christmas lights, and country rambles.
The exhibition covering works from ‘London Underground’s forgotten designers’ opened on 13th October 2017 and runs until January 2019.
— 20th Century Posters (@C20thPosters) September 22, 2017
— Creative Boom (@creativeboom) September 27, 2017
— 20th Century Posters (@C20thPosters) September 27, 2017
— 20th Century Posters (@C20thPosters) October 3, 2017
— IVPDA (@IVPDA) October 5, 2017
Poster Girls – a century of wonderful art and design by female artists at the London Transport Museum – https://t.co/V9XGoiHXS6
— mike urban (@urban75) October 11, 2017
— City Rooms (@cityroomslondon) October 12, 2017
Now Poster Girls, women at the
forefront of graphic design, display at London Transport Museum. https://t.co/IWmNaEKYHA
— WomenBuzz (@WomenBuzz) October 13, 2017
— It's Nice That (@itsnicethat) October 13, 2017
— James Farndale (@jamesfarndale) October 14, 2017
— The History Press (@TheHistoryPress) October 15, 2017
— Nick Spence (@Nickfromupnorth) October 15, 2017
— richard taylor (@rick_simpsons) October 16, 2017
— CIVILIZATION (@bycivilization) October 16, 2017
Poster Girls, A century of art and design – Il London Transport Museum a Covent Garden ospita la più grande e c… https://t.co/dD6kadKtQQ
— Quilondra.com (@QuiLondra) October 18, 2017
Poster Girls:::More posters from London Underground's forgotten designers https://t.co/fTs3HhZnGq
— Tomi Vollauschek (@vollauschek) October 22, 2017
Poster Girls, an exhibition of 150 female graphic designers opens at London Transport Museum https://t.co/0sBD5AQKDE
— Anna Larner Highland Whirl December 2021 🏳️🌈 (@annalarnerbooks) October 23, 2017
Check out the Poster Girls Exhibition at the London Transport Museum. It's pretty awesome! pic.twitter.com/MDpR4zpVOe
— Hazel Mead (@HazelMeadArt) October 23, 2017
— Catherine Benson (@CathABenson) October 24, 2017
To celebrate 100 years since women won the right to vote in the UK https://t.co/zAqfg8aTFq
— Dezeen (@dezeen) October 27, 2017
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