Tea towel

This linen tea towel printed with a map of Chelsea was designed by Mardie Madden, a young illustrator who had studied at the Central School of Art. Mardie’s map of Chelsea was originally printed in 'Tatler' magazine in May 1959 to illustrate a story about the ‘liveliest square mile in town’. The department store John Lewis saw the story and asked to adapt her design for a tea towel. The map imarks Chelsea's bohemian, yet establishment character. It shows the location of pubs, restaurants, coffee bars and antique shops alongside its churches and historic buildings.

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    On Display: Museum of London: Galleries of Modern London: World City Gallery: Swinging Londoners: 1950s-1970s
Further Information
  • Number of items: 1
  • Measurements: H 552 mm; L 805 mm
  • Materials: linen
  • Status: permanent collection
  • Copyright Holder: digital image copyright Museum of London
  • Last Updated: 2014-02-07
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