Oil on canvas.
Victorian Scene of London in Ludgate Hill commissioned by W N Sharpe Ltd now known as Hallmark Cards. Apparently one of the most successful Christmas card reproductions. As quoted by David: ‘To have this original painting in my collection gives me an especially warm feeling. One of the very earliest big commissions I had after my training with Robin Goodwin in the mid-1950s was from Hallmark Cards to paint a series of paintings, some ten in all, of various locations in England such as London, York and Norwich and all in the Victorian period, and they always wanted a dog in the picture. This was nothing short of a spectacular success for Hallmark, being reproduced as a Christmas card over many Christmases and it means a lot to me because of the research in doing the painting. All the signs hanging above the shops and the advertisements on the horse buses and even the engine going over the bridge are all accurate for the period in the strictest detail, so it is an historical record. Some years ago, and bearing in mind the significance of this painting to my early career, I wrote to Hallmark and asked them if I could borrow, buy or steal it back. Sadly I received no reply and I thought, “Why does one bother?” To my great surprise and joy, without any warning, it arrived in a crate some time later and although on loan from Hallmark it became part of the private family collection’.
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