The Proud City. 1944 London Transport poster showing Chelsea Power House (better known as Lots Road power station) silhouetted against the night sky as searchlights scour the darkness for the Luftwaffe. The foreground shows the damage of the blitz from Meek Street.
The poster was one of six designed not to promote Underground travel but to boost morale after five long years of war.
The artist was Walter E Spradbery.
The text is a quote from an 1885 lecture given by James McNeill Whistler: '... the poor buildings lose themselves in the dim sky, and the tall chimneys become campanili, and the warehouses are palaces in the night, and the whole city hangs in the heavens...'
Keywords: The Proud City; 1944; London Transport; poster; plakat; affiche; Chelsea Power House; Lots Road power station; Meek Street; James McNeill Whistler; Walter E Spradberry; blitz