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Charles Dickens' London
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

28th February 1975 41 killed in London Underground, as train speeds past final stop

28th February 1922 The Princess Mary, daughter of King George V was married to Viscount Lascelles in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

28th February 1918 Born today: Alfred Burke, London England, actor (Backfire)

28th February 1916 Henry James, US/British writer (Bostonians), dies in London at 72

28th February 1728 Georg F Handels opera Siroe, re di Persia, premieres in London

Salvador Dali in his Diving Suit



Salvador Dali in his Diving Suit

The scene of Salvador Dali's greatest London adventure!

Location: 5 Burlington Gardens, Piccadilly

Description: In the early 20th century this corner of Burlington Gardens housed a grand art gallery called New Burlington Galleries.

It became famous for many classic shows but one in particular stood out. It was 1936 and June 11 when the International Surrealist Exhibition opened. It was a great success with over 40,000 visitors attending.

The eccentric Spanish painter Salvador Dali appeared here on stage wearing a full diving suit. It was supposed to illustrate his thesis concerning art's function of revealing the depths of the subconscious.

At one stage he appeared to be suffocating - and a panting Dali was hastily freed of his suit and helmet by the young poet, David Gascoyne and his spanner! The audience loved it supposing it was all a well-rehearsed act. It went down a storm.

Tagged in this Tour: Great London Eccentrics Tour

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Salvador Dali in his Diving Suit

The scene of Salvador Dali's greatest London adventure!


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