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Dorothy Rendell At Whitechapel Bell Foundry

October 8, 2020
by the gentle author

The Bell Foundry Public Inquiry continues at 10am today, with live-tweeting at @savethewbf. To watch the inquiry, email

Artist Dorothy Rendell was fascinated by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and made frequent visits over the years to record the life of this celebrated institution. Significantly, in her drawings Dorothy chose to focus upon the African-Caribbean and Asian workers who rarely appear in photographs of the foundry. These pictures are selected from the Dorothy Rendell Archive at Bishopsgate Institute.

Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute


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  1. Sonia Ritter permalink
    October 8, 2020

    I have only just discovered your website. It is a great delight: a treasure trove of that most precious of things, local particularity. May your campaign succeed. May I one day visit the Foundry. Thank you.

  2. October 8, 2020

    Let’s hope the enquiry sees sense and this skills can be maintained

  3. Wendy Lowe permalink
    October 8, 2020

    This important gem must be allowed to continue in working order. Its importance locally, nationally and internationally is beyond measure. I trust the right thing will be done by it and the Whitechapel bells continue to be made in their rightful place.

  4. October 8, 2020

    I was lucky enough to be one of dorothys neighbours and i remmeber her showing me some of these images and talking about teh bello foundry. I especially liked the picture of the Afriucan gentleman

  5. October 8, 2020

    Greetings from Boston,

    GA, what a vibrant collection of drawings by Dorothy Rendell of those workers at the Bell Foundry. She has such a mastery of the body in motion.

    Kudos to you and all who support the worthy efforts to save this treasured institution.

  6. October 8, 2020

    Very fine and high quality Drawings by the Artist Dorothy Rendell (1924-2018) !

    Love & Peace

  7. RiaSunflower permalink
    October 8, 2020

    Interesting drawings and an important record.

    Power to the campaign.

    Thank you.

  8. Mary permalink
    October 9, 2020

    Let us hope that we are not just left with wonderful illustrations of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

  9. Pamela Traves permalink
    October 10, 2020

    These are Wonderful paintings of the Whitechapel Bell reliving. It may Live Again.?????????

  10. October 28, 2020

    Beautiful drawings. I hope the foundry is saved. Thank you for all you have done to make this treasure more known.

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