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Disappearing London - The Little Shop of Artillery Passage (off Bishopsgate)

£ 2,800

Artist: REX VICAT COLE

REF
2414
Height
41 cm (16 1/4")
Width
31 cm (12 1/4")
Framed Height
52.5 cm (20 3/4")
Framed Width
42.5 cm (16 3/4")
REX VICAT COLE(1870-1940) Disappearing London – The Little Shop of Artillery Passage (off Bishopsgate) Signed l.r.; inscribed with title on a label on the reverse and: Built on the ground where the London Trained Bands practised shooting.  Oil on board 41 by 31 cm., 16 by 12 ¼ in.(frame size 52.5 by 42.5 cm., 20 ¾ by 16 ¾ in.,) Artillery Passage is in Spitalfields.  Originally a practice ground for the Guild of Artillery the area was built up in the late seventeenth century as the warren of narrow lanes and alleys that still exist today. Reginald (Rex) Vicat Cole was the son of the artist George Vicat Cole.  He began to exhibit in London in the 1890s and was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1900.  He taught at King’s College London with Byam Shaw and together they opened their own establishment, the Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art in Camden Street, Kensington in 1910.  At the outbreak of the First World War Vicat Cole and Byam Shaw enlisted in the Artists Rifles, although Shaw soon transferred to the Special Constabulary.  After Shaw’s death in 1919 Vicat Cole was Principal until his retirement in 1926. Known for his landscapes and paintings of trees he also had a keen interest in depicting the streets of London.  He held a one-man show “London Old and New” at Robert Dunthorne’s Gallery, Vigo Street, London, in 1935 and planned a book The Streets of London which was never published.  He exhibited at the Royal Academy and elsewhere.
Height
41 cm (16 1/4")
Width
31 cm (12 1/4")
Framed Height
52.5 cm (20 3/4")
Framed Width
42.5 cm (16 3/4")
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