Transit Tuesday – Cyril E. Power
Yes, I’m a museum professional, but that doesn’t mean I don’t use museum databases to see objects I enjoy when I get home. I’m responsible for long-term preservation activities for a group of objects from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, so as a generalist researcher using museum databases, I tend to relax looking for things very different from the ones I work with. Regular readers are familiar with my penchant for trains, tangled up somewhere in the back of my brain with nostalgia, wanderlust, and technological advance. I was looking for some train themed collections and came upon this linocut of London Tube riders by Cyril Edward Power (17 December 1872 – 25 May 1951). I love the tension; the clatter of the subway is conveyed through the jangle of color and off angle -though anyone who’s taken the Tube knows it’s not nearly this orderly.
Cyril E. Powers. The Tube Train. National Gallery of Art. NGA 90.172.