Electrification in 1905 brought new standards of comfort to passengers travelling on the Underground. This poster depicts passengers travelling in a District Railway Underground car. In the new powerful trains with their brightly illuminated carriages, passengers could for the first time spend their commute reading books or newspapers, whatever the time of day or night. Here, the artist was clearly influenced by Fauvism, a movement characterised by bold colours. By using these expressionistic colours, Lawrence created a warm and welcoming atmosphere where the empty seat in the foreground invites potential passengers to make use of public transport.
This poster was commissioned by the Underground Electric Railways Company of London in 1912.