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September 28, 2017
by the gentle author

Join me for the launch of my new book EAST END VERNACULAR, Artists who painted London’s East End streets in the 20th century at the Nunnery Gallery in Bow, E3 2SJ, on Tuesday 10th October from 6pm.

Courtesy of Bow Arts, there will be a special opening of their new exhibition THE WORKING ARTIST, The East London Group for Spitalfields Life readers.

At 6:30pm, I will be introducing my new book and then signing copies in the gallery where some of the paintings by Albert Turpin, Elwin Hawthorne, Harold Steggles, Walter Steggles and other East London Group artists featured in EAST END VERNACULAR will be on display. There will be drinks and live music.

Click here to order a copy of EAST END END VERNACULAR for £25

John Allin – Spitalfields Market, 1972

S.R Badmin – Wapping Pier Head, 1935

Pearl Binder – Aldgate, 1932 (Courtesy of Bishopsgate Institute)

Dorothy Bishop – Looking towards the City of London from Morpeth School, 1961

James Boswell – Petticoat Lane (Courtesy of David Buckman)

Roland Collins – Brushfield St, Spitalfields, 1951-60 (Courtesy of Museum of London)

Alfred Daniels – Gramophone Man on Wentworth St

Anthony Eyton , Christ Church Spitalfields, 1980

Doreen Fletcher – Turner’s Rd, 1998

Geoffrey Fletcher – D.Bliss, Alderney Rd 1979 (Courtesy of Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives)

Barnett Freedman– Street Scene. 1933-39 (Courtesy of Tate Gallery)

Noel Gibson – Hessel St (Courtesy of Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives)

Charles Ginner – Bethnal Green Allotment, 1947 (Courtesy of Manchester City Art Gallery)

Lawrence Gowing – Mare St, 1937

Harry T. Harmer – St Botolph’s Without Aldgate, 1963  (Courtesy of Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives)

Elwin Hawthorne – Trinity Green Almshouses, 1935

Rose Henriques – Coronation Celebrations in Challis Court, 1937 (Courtesy of Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives)

Nathaniel Kornbluth – Butcher’s Row, Aldgate 1934 (Courtesy of Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives)

Dan Jones – Brick Lane, 1977

Leon Kossoff – Christ Church Spitalfields, 1987

James Mackinnon – Twilight at London Fields

Cyril Mann – Christ Church seen over bombsites from Redchurch St, 1946 (Courtesy of Piano Nobile Gallery)

Jock McFadyen – Aldgate East

Ronald Morgan – Salvation Army Band Bow, 1978  (Courtesy of Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives)

Grace Oscroft – Old Houses in Bow, 1934

Peri Parkes – House in the East, 1980-81

Henry Silk – Snow, Rounton Rd, Bow

Harold Steggles – Old Ford Rd c.1932

Walter Steggles – Old Houses, Bethnal Green 1929

Albert Turpin, Columbia Market, Bethnal Green



Take a look at some of the artists featured in East End Vernacular

John Allin, Artist

Pearl Binder, Artist

Dorothy Bishop, Artist

Roland Collins, Artist

Anthony Eyton, Artist

Doreen Fletcher, Artist

Barnett Freedman, Artist

Lawrence Gowing, Artist

Harry T. Harmer, Artist

Elwin Hawthorn, Artist

Rose Henriques, Artist

Charles Ginner, Artist

Dan Jones,  Artist

Nathaniel Kornbluth, Artist

Leon Kossoff, Artist

James Mackinnon, Artist

Jock McFadyen, Artist

Cyril Mann, Artist

Ronald Morgan, Artist

Grace Oscroft, Artist

Peri Parkes, Artist

Henry Silk, Artist

Harold & Walter Steggles, Artists

Albert Turpin, Artist

12 Responses leave one →
  1. Zak permalink
    September 28, 2017

    What a brilliant piece of work; the publications get better and better – Ive been waiting for this for years, and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  2. September 28, 2017

    Good luck with the launch! It’s a fabulous collection of paintings. Valerie

  3. September 28, 2017

    I will buy the book but would love a poster also ,perhaps one of the book launch if there is a copyright on single reproductions.

  4. Roger permalink
    September 28, 2017


  5. September 28, 2017

    Congratulations GA for the first time, encapsulation of East End artists is shown in your book. I am sure there will be joy among these artists as their work will be brought together in such a complete form yes its ‘all together now’. John Bus Pass Poets – PS World People It would be nice to buy, followed by a visit in the Spring to see the London sites. Soon it will be party time in London make it a ……… humdinger

  6. Adele Lester permalink
    September 28, 2017

    Congratulations GA. Just wish I could be at the book launch. Took the liberty of sharing with my Facebook group The Jewish East End of London.

  7. Judith Page permalink
    September 28, 2017

    Would love to come to book launch and buy copy of book to have signed there. Do we have to book tickets or just turn up?

    Many thanks.

  8. the gentle author permalink*
    September 28, 2017

    All are welcome – just turn up!

  9. Marcia Howard permalink
    September 28, 2017

    These are just wonderful. They say so much more than a photograph

  10. Samuel Blitz permalink
    September 29, 2017

    I have a copy of John Allin painting shown on this page. The more I look at it think that the character in the foreground wearing the standard overalls of a Market Porter and pushing a barrow is my late father. He work in Spitalfields Market all his life. I will be there on the 10th.

  11. October 2, 2017

    I’ve seen a copy of the book & am ordering 10 copies for friends. It’s the best book on the art of the East End for 50 years ….

  12. Grace permalink
    December 15, 2017

    Just a quick note to say thank you GA, I received my copy of East End Vernacular today and it is marvelous!

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