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Geoffrey Fletcher – D.Bliss, Alderney Rd 1979 (Courtesy of Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives)

With your help, this October [2017] I plan to publish EAST END VERNACULAR, a beautifully illustrated hardback book celebrating the work of artists who painted London’s East End streets in the 20th century.

In recent years, the East London Group of painters has been successfully reclaimed from obscurity – but I have found there are plenty of equally wonderful artists who came before and after who also deserve to be recognised, and a survey of all this important work is…

Source: East End Vernacular | Spitalfields Life


Sign painter in Beer St by William Hogarth, 1751

Sign painter in Beer St by William Hogarth, 1751

Meredith Kasabian of the Pre-Vinylite Society introduces an exhibition of contemporary sign painting she has curated which opens at Oxo Tower Wharf on the South Bank.

via Society Of Sign Painters’ Grand Exhibition | Spitalfields Life


St Pancras & Kings Cross, 1956

St Pancras & Kings Cross, 1956

Today I can reveal the three lost murals by East End artist Cecil Osborne (1909-96) which once hung in St Pancras Town Hall in Euston Rd and have recently been rediscovered. Now the owner is seeking a permanent new home for these paintings where they can be seen publicly and I hope…

via Cecil Osborne’s Lost Murals Rediscovered | Spitalfields Life

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