Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The art that captures "my" London

Paul, Janet, Paul, Ewing Paddock, exhibited 2012
I've lived in London (or its suburbs) for 58 years. Here are some of the paintings, drawings and etchings that...

...evoke a frisson of recognition in this particular Londoner. Not all of them represent great or even particularly good art, and I've mainly gone for the sort of everyday, humdrum subjects which anyone who's spent any time in this grey, chilly, slushy, inconvenient, uncomfortable, crowded, maddening - and occasionally delightful - city might respond to. 
I've no idea who painted that, or what it's called - but I'll supply titles, artists and dates where possible. (If anyone can fill in the gaps, thanks in advance.)
Ken Howard RA
Figures Outside Hammersmith Underground Station (1946), Peter Startup
Bayswater (1960), Noel Spencer 
London Landscape (c. 1948), James Fitton

Deserted Houses, Pimlico, Charles Ginner (1878-1952) 
The Grand Union Canal, Brentford Lock (1954),  Osmond Caine
Piccadilly Circus (1912), Charles Ginner 
Arrival (King's Cross St Pancras), John Duffin
Liverpool Street Station (1917), Marjorie Sherlock
Life in a Boarding House (c. 1928), Eric Ravilious
Montague Street, January (c. 1956)George E. R. Salter
London Backwater, near St Pancras, James Finlay Watson (1898–1981)
Among the Nerves of the World (1930) Christopher Nevinson
From a Window at 45 Brook Street, London, W1 (1926), Cedric Lockwood Morris
A London Square in Winter (1941), Douglas Percy Bliss
I Live Here (1953-4),  Carel Weight

The Quiet River: The Thames at Chiswick (1943-4), Victor Pasmore
Billingsgate Market, London (1962), Ken Howard
Blackfriars, London (1962), Charles James McCall
Living, Clare Curtis
Passers-by, Islington, London, Peter Quinn
Hampstead Backs, London, Charles Mahoney
Flask Walk, Hampstead, At Night (1933), Charles Ginner
The House by the Canal, 1945, Algernon Cecil Newton
London, Winter 1928, Christopher Nevinson


  1. Thanks so much, Scott, for these wonderful paintings. I am a Londoner born and bred, though haven't lived there for more than 50 years. This takes me back to the London I remember. I wish my printer did colour so I could print them off.
    PS Tried twice to send this last night, and it kept disappearing. Hope this is luckier.

  2. Truly wonderful paintings many of which I've never seen before.
    The influence of Whistler and Derain are particularly evident.

  3. Can I add my thanks too? Really enjoyed this gallery.

    "Bayswater 1960". Is that the corner of Grosvenor Crescent and Chilworth St W2?

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed them. I was worried people would find my selection dull - I'll do a more summery selection later in the year, but London seems to lend itself to sombre hues.

    You could very well be right, SDG - it certainly feels terribly familiar.

    I'll bow to your expertise, southern man. I've always been a big Whistler fan, but I need to get better acquainted with Derain's work.

    In a way, you're lucky not to have a colour printer, Helen - the printers are cheap enough, but the cost of the ink is eye-watering, and you have to buy high-quality paper to make it worthwhile to print the paintings (or maybe it's just that our printer's at least eight years old.)

  5. Very sorry, I meant Gloucester Terrace and Chilworth Street. Grosvenor Crescent SW1 is about something else.

    1. No worries - I knew exactly where you meant, because that's what it looks like.