Quick sketch drawn sitting on a chair outside the “Garden Gate” pub.
I was on the way back from a New Year’s Day swim at the Ladies’ Pond.
It started to rain, very heavily. I tried to keep the book both open and dry, and rushed to a bus shelter. There was a woman calmly reading a book in front of the map. So I had to stare past her to see what buses were available. She grinned and moved aside. I said “I’m looking to see what buses there are.”
An old man said, “There a number 46 coming, if that’s any good to you,” and he rushed for it. I just had time to notice it said “St Bartholomew’s Hospital”. But it went past, and the old man came back, muttering that it hadn’t stopped.
We all got on the next bus, which was a 24 to Pimlico. We went past other buildings worthy of drawing, including St Dominic’s Priory, Southampton Road. I got off at Warren Street, and walked in the pouring rain to Euston Square for the Circle Line.
In the picture is the Royal Free Hospital, NHS Trust. Construction: 1968 – 1974. Architect: Llewllyn-Davies, Weeks, Forestier-Walker and Bar.
On the right are two Heatherwick buses.
I was in Woodvale Crematorium, Brighton for a funeral service for my aunt Jean. Of course I arrived hugely early. Woodvale Crematorium has large leafy grounds, with hills. I did this drawing standing on a grassy slope. The chapel was in brilliant sun.
Aunt Jean was Jeanette Elsie, I discovered from the announcement. I didn’t know that. She was born in 1924, and lived through the war years in Slough, working in a munitions factory and gardening allotments. That’s where she met Eric, my uncle and the only businessperson in my family until me. Everyone else was medics, or teachers or academics.
I thought about her and Eric as I drew this picture. I had to finish it rather hurriedly as I heard bagpipes, which was the previous ceremony finishing. Then I went cautiously down the wet slippery paths.
About half an hour, drawn and coloured on location. Bright sun, 6 degrees C.
“Linale House, the first block of flats to be erected on the Wenlock Barn Estate was opened by his worship the Mayor of Shoreditch Alderman RG Linale JP on the 10th September 1949. Chairman of the housing Committee Coun. J Samuels, Vice Chairman Coun. RJ Tallentire LCC.”
A more recent wooden notice says it’s managed by
“Hackney Homes in partnership with Hackney Council”.
Even more recently, Twitter says on April 1st 2016
Hackney Homes @HackneyHomes Apr 1
As of today, Hackney Homes does not exist as a separate organisation. Please contact @hackneycouncil if you have any housing queries
On the left, Holy Trinity Hoxton, 3 Bletchley Street, N1. “A Church of England Church” @HTHoxton.
Drawn and coloured on Murray Grove, with the book on a convenient gatepost. About one hour.
Before this, I had a cup of tea in the Wenlock Café, 90p.
St Joseph’s Bunhill Row on right. From the church notice board: “A small chapel in the basement of a former school 1901”. Contains windows from St Mary Moorfields 1820. Remodelled 1993 by Anthony Delarue “in a vaguely Florentine Renaissance manner”.
The crib is there until Feb 2nd, and the church is open Fridays 12noon to 3pm.
Straight ahead is Cass Business School, and to the left is Finsbury Tower.
The lamppost was leaning, just like that.
Drawn and coloured on location, sitting on a wall, about an hour and a half.
Gambia House constructed 1968, 20 stories, 115 flats. Owned and managed by Islington. Planning proposal for external cladding, 18 Sept 2014.
Eagle Dwelling 212 City Road, on the left of the picture, is a “specialist supported housing scheme for single homeless people who may also have additional complex needs”. It seems to be owned and managed by “Family Mosaic”, a private company, who recently merged with Peabody.
The Royal Star, the “BAR” in the picture, is a pub which serves food.
This picture drawn and coloured on the corner of Shepherdess Walk and Nile Street, Islington EC1. Very cold and windy. About one and a half hours.