Yesterday the London Underground celebrated its 150th birthday. Google created a doodle that celebrated the opening of the underground in 1863. The first underground journey took place between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan Railway and although the seven original stations between Bishop’s Road and Farringdon Street are all still in use, only Edgware Road and Baker Street retain their Victorian-era names. Another 263 stations have been added over the years since 1863.
Mosaics by Eduardo Paolozzi created in 1984.
These mosaics are featured at Tottenham Court Road station. They were beautifully created by Eduardo Paolozzi in 1984. Do you have a favourite station?
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. At the Moulin Rouge. Oil on canvas. 1892
Feeling like your hit of Paris but can’t get there? Don’t worry, the National Galley of Australia is hosting the Toulouse-Lautrec: Paris and Moulin Rouge exhibition. The Australian public have never before had the opportunity to see a major retrospective exhibition devoted to the art of French 19th century artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in painting, drawing, posters and prints. Toulouse-Lautrec will examine the artist’s abilities as an acute observer of Parisian life, his skill as a draughtsman, his experimentation in composition and the brilliance of his technical execution in all media. For more information visit the NGA website at www.nga.gov.au
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Woman with Black Boa. Oil on Card. 1892
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Its always exciting to see what makes the Top 10 Cities each year. The folks at Lonely Planet have compiled their list. You can read it here. How many have you been to? What’s missing?