© london transport museum collection
Houses; alternative colour scheme, by Hans Unger, 1959
- Medium: Gouache
- Dimensions: Width: 392mm, Height: 290mm
- Reference number: 2006/12768
- Current event: The art of the poster
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From its first pictorial poster in 1908, the Underground and then London Transport have promoted sightseeing in the capital. Posters encouraged visitors and Londoners alike to either take a conducted tour or to explore the city themselves. Well known landmarks such as Nelson's Column and Buckingham Palace featured the most frequently, although lesser known places of interest were also publicised. Many posters focused on a specific sight, others simply encouraged visitors to 'See London by coach' or 'See London in summer'. Green line coach and country bus services allowed sightseeing to extend beyond the city.
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There are a number of country houses in and around London, which are open to the public. Some, such as Chiswick House, would once have been in the open countryside but have since been sorrounded by the expansion of London's suburbs. Others, such as Knole and Hatfield, remain beyond the city's boundaries. Travel by bus and coach to these historic houses has been a popular subject for London Transport posers.
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