This blog continues an earlier post showing some of my post war, 1950's & 60's work...
Lamplight Scene, 1948 Indian ink & watercolour. NFS.
Our Gang, 1948 Indian ink, pen and wash. NFS.
The Arrest, 1947 Indian ink & watercolour. NFS.
A Wagon Load of Ale, 1949. Private collection.
Unloading Casks, Cherry Garden Pier, 1949. Indian ink & watercolour. Private collection. The wharves near Cherry Garden Pier stored a great variety of cereals, nuts and sugar barley. As a child I would wait for the dockers to go for lunch and receive for my patience a handful of barley sugar. The shoreline was my playground but so many children were drowned The London County Council distributed a poster; 'Keep Death Off The River'. This work is my earliest riverside painting, now in a private collection. I have made a 'cartoon' of this and am considering making as a stained glass panel.
Tea Time at Carrons Wharf, 1948. Poster colour, crayon and Indian ink. Private collection. A docker pauses for a mug of tea while children play hoop-la in the middle distance. The pointed shape above his cap probably refers to the steeple of St Marys Church Rotherhithe. Life in London appeared very grim to me, a culture shock after the freedom and tranquility of Devon where I was evacuated to as a child. In 1946 I started as a Junior at Camberwell School of Art and then things started to look up.
Unloading Cereals, near Cherry Garden Pier, 1950s. Ink wash and watercolour. Private collection.
A Strike Gathers Strength
'On The Call' Surrey Docks, 1957. Indian ink wash drawing. NFS.
I was recently invited to do a recording for the oral histories page of the Ballast Quay website. Ballast Quay, in Greenwich is well known for its riverside walks and The Cutty Sark Pub but this website provides a fascinating insight into the background history, industry and characters of the area.
Five paintings are featured on my oral history page;
Thames panorama from The Victoria Deep Water Terminal - sold.
Steel for Canary Wharf. Oil on canvas, approx 71cm x 60cm. £900.
The Last Ship From Anchor Iron Wharf - sold.
The John Mackay Cable Layer. Watercolour & gouache on paper, approx 84cm x 55cm £550.
Greenwich Peninsula from Ballast Quay. Oil on panel, approx 140cm x 94cm. £1800.