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The Princess Diana Tour
The Princess Diana Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

24th November 1991 Queen singer Freddie Mercury dies in Kensington.

24th November 1952 Agatha Christie's Mousetrap opens in London (still running)

24th November 1628 John Ford's Lover's Melancholy, 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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