Islington on Canvas

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See an exhibition of paintings of Islington from the archive at Islington Museum and Local History Centre.

One of the nation’s most foremost painters, Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), was enthused by Islington and had many connections to the area. Sickert often visited Collins’ Music Hall on Islington Green to study the artistes, audience and atmosphere for future works and, between 1924 and 1934, he lived and worked at several addresses in the borough. His third wife, [Elaine] Thérèse Lessore (1884-1945) was influenced by her husband’s love of Islington and she too was inspired to capture local entertainment.


Thérèse Lessore (1884-1945). Islington Circus, Royal Agricultural Hall c.1930. Oil on canvas. 21 x 32 cm

Walter Sickert was also a great inspiration to artist and writer Geoffrey Fletcher (1923-2004). Fletcher referred to Islington as having a “many-sided” character and found the combination of Islington’s affluence and poverty, and the resulting variety of buildings and people that made up the area, intriguing.

The artworks selected for exhibition, including pieces by Sickert, Lessore, Fletcher and members of the Islington Art Circle (now the Islington Art Society), have been specially chosen by Islington Museum and Local History Centre staff, volunteers and friends of the museum as their ‘favourites’.  Many of these works have rarely been seen until now and Islington on Canvas: Art from the Archives offers an unmissable opportunity to view these pieces from the museum and centre’s art collection, while also bringing some well-known and some not so well-known artists to a wider audience.

Islington on Canvas: Art from the Archives
When: Friday 1 December 2017 to Saturday 24 February 2018
Where: Islington Museum, 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB
Cost: Free

www.islington.gov.uk/heritage

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