Hyde Park Corner, 1961 - painting; oil on panel

The Hyde Park Corner underpass connecting Knightsbridge with Piccadilly opened in 1962. This was the first large-scale underpass for road traffic in central London and it marked the beginning of the 1960s enthusiasm for inner city motorways. This view looks eastwards. The Hyde Park Corner screen and Apsley House can be seen beyond the massive girders, cranes and trucks. The underpass was one section of the wider Marble Arch-Park Lane-Hyde Park Corner improvements. This was, in turn, part of a wider plan to ease the traffic congestion that choked central London roads. Better known as a painter of nudes, Bernard Dunstan also painted interiors and cityscapes. Born in Teddington, he studied at Byam Shaw and Slade Art Schools. He was married to the painter Diana Armfield.
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105.5 x 86.75 cm (unframed)
Dunstan, Bernard
© Bernard Dunstan

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