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My East End Vernacular Lecture

December 3, 2021
by the gentle author

My illustrated lecture on EAST END VERNACULAR, Artists Who Painted London’s East End Streets in the 20th Century, including all the artists whose works are below, at the BLOOMSBURY JAMBOREE at the Art Workers Guild on 11th December at noon is SOLD OUT so I am doing an EXTRA LECTURE on Sunday 12th December at 11:10am.

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Also, I shall be reading CHRISTMAS STORIES on 12th December at 3pm, including my account of a midnight walk through London on Christmas Eve and my memoir of childhood Christmases past.

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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

6 Responses leave one →
  1. Peter Hart permalink
    December 3, 2021

    Wonderful paintings. I have a copy of this book and can highly recommend it.

  2. Linda Granfield permalink
    December 3, 2021

    Dear Santa,
    I’m pouting in Toronto. I know that might make me eligible for the ‘naughty list’ but there are fabulous lectures the GA’s fans-abroad cannot access.

    Any chance a live Zoom opportunity can arise? No wrapping and bow needed. Thanks to the pandemic some of us are getting adept at staying awake for mid-night European events online. We already stay awake to see if you are coming, Santa.

    And, as I do each year, I’ll ask that a published (illustrated) version of the GA’s childhood Christmas story will be delivered, to sit on the shelf with my copy of Dylan Thomas’s ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales.’

    Perhaps, Santa, you (and Zoom) can bring us a live reading this year?
    No lump of coal, please. (Think of the environment!)
    Milk and cookies are on the little table.
    And carrots for your reindeer coursers, of course.

    To all a good night/day, Linda.

  3. Adele Lester permalink
    December 3, 2021

    Some of my all-time favorites are included here. Thanks GA,

  4. Kaaren Slawson permalink
    December 4, 2021

    I’d like to echo the plea for Zoom access to lectures. I’ve paid for and attended lectures all over during the pandemic. It is a great privilege to do so. I do not know how difficult it is to set up such an event. I have read that some organizations believe will continue to offer such access even after the pandemic is resolved.

  5. December 4, 2021

    Wonderful images, every one of them. Thank you to all writers, poets, painters, and photographers who capture history and life in this way.

  6. David Shaffer permalink
    December 4, 2021

    First – Thank you for the post and esecially for the pictures.
    I also want to endorse the Zoom meetings idea. I expect my sister who lives in America, would be interested. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person in Jerusalem, where I live, who has ties to or interest in the East End… You may also attract people from outside Facebook.
    If you make good recordings of the lectures, perhaps you could post them.

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