Search

Hunt is on for missing Islington artists

15:09 04 February 2013

Lloyd

Lloyd's Dairy, Amwell Street, Clerkenwell by Alfred Head

Archant

The hunt is on for Islington’s lost artists as some of the borough’s most famous works prepare to be shown.

Support your community by viewing your local businesses

Please wait

You will be able to read the article in 5 seconds

Thank you for supporting your local community

You may now read the article

From next Monday an exhibition featuring the likes of Walter Sickert, Thérèse Lessore and Geoffrey Fletcher go on display at the local history centre as part of Islington in Oil.

Other paintings, by lesser known artists, depict famous Islington areas or landmarks – often from more than 100 years ago.

But the identity of the creative souls behind some the of the work in the collection is a mystery, and despite concerted efforts Mark Aston, manager of the centre, hasn’t been able to track them down.

He said: “ I’m still trying to trace the details of some of the artists featured – sadly no information has been left with the paintings and I’m hoping that exposure may bring forward further biographical details of the artists.

“The display is also a great opportunity to show the artworks to the world, some haven’t been seen for many years, if at all, since their acquisition.”

The exhibition is part of a nationwide project with the BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation, to create a record of every oil painting in the country.

Islington has a long history of professional artists who were attracted here as far back as the early 19th century.

In those days it was a borough of contrasts, with industrialised Clerkenwell and Finsbury in the south and semi-rural Highbury and Holloway to the north.

As it is now, the Upper Street area was a place of eating, drinking and entertainment, with plenty to inspire the artist.

Islington’s many residential squares and terraced villas, and proximity to the City, offered a convenient location for them to live and work.

The exhibition runs until April 13.

To have a look more images to see if you can shed some light on the painter, visit:

www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings

0 comments

Latest News Stories

09:20
Police in Islington are under investigation following a fatal crash

A teenager on a moped was killed while being chased by on Friday night - sparking a probe into Islington officers’ behaviour.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Islington's mayor Cllr Theresa Debono turns on the Highbury Christmas lights with Cllr Caroline Russell Pic: Dieter Perry

Dozens of people braved the chilly weather to see the Christmas lights switched on in Highbury Barn.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Christmas jumpers on display at the winter wonderland extravaganza

More than 300 people enjoyed lights decorations, music food and even snow at a special Winter Wonderland.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Police officers and council members collect all presents from the Christmas tree project at Islington Town Hall

Generous Islington residents splashed their hard earned cash to buy more than 230 gifts for children who might not otherwise get a present this Christmas.

Most read news

From the Earth’s elliptical orbit to the scheduling of Christmas, the winter solstice is as scientifically complex as it is culturally significant.

The introduction of the Genomic Medicine Centres is seen a a genetic revolution in the NHS, but why?

Ahhh… When did the 1990s become the “good old days”?

After weeks of challenges and cringeworthy boardroom showdowns, Lord Sugar made a decision – and Twitter was watching.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition