For the Zoo, book to Regent’s Park or Camden Town, Charles Paine, 1921
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Along with our Poster Art 150 exhibition, and as part of the Underground’s 150th anniversary, we’re displaying and interpreting our poster collection in all kinds of interesting ways.
This morning we installed our latest Poster Parade display, which this time brings Underground posters to life. Second Year MA Character Animation students from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design worked in groups to draw inspiration from the Museum’s collection of Underground posters. They’ve created a series of amazing animations that celebrate the theme of ‘London characters’. From contemporary Tube etiquette to travelling penguins, exploring the humorous through to the poetic, the films are as diverse as the posters on show.
One of the fantastic posters to have inspired students is Charles Paine’s ‘For the Zoo’, commissioned by the Underground Electric Railway Company in 1921. It was included in the first major exhibition of Underground posters, held at Burlington House, Piccadilly in 1928, which celebrated the first 20 years of Underground graphic design. This bold design, typical of Charles Paine’s style, was extremely well-received when first displayed and reproductions continue to be popular. The poster’s theme, London Zoo, features on more Underground posters than any other subject – at least two per year were produced throughout the 1920s.
Do drop in and check out the wonderful animations and Underground posters featured in the ‘London characters’ Poster Parade. Students’ animations will also be shown on the big screen in the Museum’s theatre during our upcoming Friday Late ‘Brightest London’ on 17th May. There’ll be a huge range of activities happening on the night, including an introductory talk by Central Saint Martins staff.
As part of the exhibition, the Siemens Poster Vote seeks to find out what your favourite poster is.