Paul Bommer’s Delft Tiles
Spitalfields Life Contributing Artist Paul Bommer has painted one hundred and twenty faux delft tiles that will be displayed in the living room of an eighteenth century house in a new exhibition – opening at 15 Wilkes St on Friday night and running through next weekend. Paul’s sly witty style is perfectly at home on tiles, bringing an extra level of humour and sophistication to this appealing vernacular art.“I’ve always been fond of delft tiles and the graphics of that period,” he admitted to me, “it’s like Folk Art at the low end, a popular medium illustrating the characters people knew and the things they used.” Many of the tiles that Paul has created were directly inspired by stories on Spitalfields Life and it is my pleasure to publish a selection here. Be sure to come along to Wilkes St and see the rest for yourself.
The Ship & Blue Ball in Boundary St where they planned the Great Train Robbery.
Peter Hardwicke, London’s last signwriter working by eye.
John Twomey Fencing Champion & landlord of the Ten Bells.
Alex Guarneri, Cheesemonger at Andruoet
The owl is the symbol of the town of Holt in Norfolk, home of Old Town, the clothing company that hold regular fittings for their London customers in Spitalfields.
The Duke of Wellington
In Rhyming Slang “Butcher’s Hook” = Look
In Rhyming Slang “Titfer” = Hat
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