I love the Tube and I’m currently exploring one of the lines of it with the Bishopsgate Institute. The first week was St John’s Wood, and the station platforms are plain cream except for cheeky little heraldic tiles and snapshots of London by Howard Stabler.
150 great things about the Tube has taken far better photos than I could and has also written about Stabler here.
In fact, twice in one day because I can’t resist: a scrapbook of Instagram pretties: Schiaparelli dresses from @the_corsetedbeauty;
an Evelyn Dunbar sketch from @designfortoday;
an elegant doodle from @garancedore;
marmalade jars and the delightful National Trust home of Standen from phil._.b;
dogs on the beach from @thewomensroomblog
Love the colour saturations of these 1920s and 1930s portraits by Donald M. Mattison and Achille Funi.
Loving these debauches from 1920s London, contained in the splendid Book of English Food by Arabella Boxer.
From the 1920s, Romaine Brooks’ self-portrait of 1923 and an evening coat attributed to Paul Poiret, 1925.
Images from Melissa Huang art and Fripperies and Fobs.
Off to a midnight production of this tonight. Can’t. Wait. One of my favourite books, not a word placed wrong.
Fully how I intend to be today, turban most definitely included. Loveliness from the Callot Soeurs, 1926, via Pinterest.
An 1930s illustration from L’Ours Brunet via Tumblr. As ever with illustrations from this period I like the way the simple colour palette points up the unusual design, angles and composition.
Winter is always the time I want to see most plays, and to me this picture just couldn’t be from any other time of year, despite the low backs of the dresses. Theatre is also definitely for seeing with friends and discussing at the interval, unlike other art forms.
I find the way these two women are shown intriguing too – there’s no suggestion that they’re pining for lost husbands in the trenches, or waiting to be viewed (unlike in Renoir’s theatre paintings), or otherwise doing anything besides expecting a good time.
At the theatre, by Prudence Heward, 1928. Image and more discussion here.