Today I drew the magnificent gate which is the entrance to the Fish Market, Smithfield. This gate is adorned with two boys riding huge fish. The fish are equipped with bridles and the boys look as though they are having enormous fun. In the drawing, you can just about make them out at the top … Continue reading “Entrance to the Fish Market”
Here is a section of West Smithfield, at the North West corner. Work is in progress to redevelop these buildings. You can see the scaffolding on the right. This is the General Market. I was standing outside the “Citigen CHP”. This is the unlikely location of a power station. “The large scale community energy system … Continue reading ““Catering Meats Smithfield””
I cycled to the North West of Regent’s Park, in search of the Alexandra Road Estate. This estate is a truly astonishing work, testament to the vision and social ideals of the Camden councillors and architects who made it happen. I cycled past the large and stately houses of Queens Grove, Marlborough Road, Loudoun Road, … Continue reading “Alexandra Road Estate, Camden”
Today, approval was given for the redevelopment of the Smithfield site to turn it into the new Museum of London. Whereas some of the architecture will remain on view, the activities of the meat market will cease. So I went out in recent days to try to show some of the activity in the meat … Continue reading “Smithfield, North side”
This is a view of the Poultry Market, sketched today from the South side. You see East Poultry Avenue going off to the right. This is a working Meat Market. It was completed in 1963 to replace the original 1880s market which had been destroyed by fire in 1958. The “A London Inheritance” site has … Continue reading “Poultry Market, Smithfield EC1”
This building is at the Westernmost side of Smithfield Market. It is a corner of the former Fish Market, built in 1886. I thought I’d picked a good place to stand and draw. But no. When I was about 10 minutes in, I realised that there was a more-or-less constant stream of cars queuing for … Continue reading “The Fish Market West Smithfield EC1”
The sketch of Smithfield Grand Avenue was on the last page of Sketchbook No. 7. I decided to make Sketchbook No. 8. I have been gifted some old music scores, hardback, which, by a happy coincidence, are exactly the same size as Sketchbook No. 7. And I have watercolour paper in sheets. So I looked … Continue reading “Making Sketchbook No. 8”
Here is the entrance to Grand Avenue, Smithfield. It’s the entrance to the working meat market, sketched in the afternoon when there is little market activity. The trading takes place 2am to 7am. See the wonderful life-like dragons either side of the entrance high up! Here is work in progress: I was struck by the … Continue reading “Grand Avenue Smithfield EC1”
Yesterday I participated in another online life drawing session with London Drawing. The model was Andrea: @andrea.morani_lifemodel on Instagram. Andrea was in his studio in Italy. The 200 or so people drawing him were distributed across the world.
Here is Smithfield East Market on the corner of Lindsey Street and Long Lane. This is a a wonderful building, with, as you see, paraboloid domes. It was built as a meat market in 1866-68 to the designs of Horace Jones (1819-1897), architect to the City of London. It has been a meat market ever … Continue reading “Smithfield East Market EC1 from Long Lane”
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