The first underground railway in the world


Metropolitan Railway Baker Street Station.

British Isles
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Kell Bros., Castle Street Holborn
  • Publication date: c.1863
  • Physical description: Chromolithograph, mounted on board.
  • Dimensions: Image: 380 by 597mm (15 by 23.5 inches). Sheet: 550 by 760mm (21.75 by 30 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 12376


Baker Street is one of the oldest stations in London, and now has the most platforms of any station on the Underground network. It was part of the Metropolitan Railway, which opened in 1863, the first underground railway in the world. This innovative addition to the existing rail system in London was meant to ease the congestion in the city driven by an exploding population and high density building.

The print was presumably produced to celebrate the inauguration of the opening of the line.

The Kell Brothers (fl.1860–1870) were lithographers and chromolithographers working in Holborn.