Jacques-Emile BlancheLudgate Circus: Entrance to the City (November, Midday) c.1910

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Jacques-Emile Blanche (1861‑1942)
Ludgate Circus: Entrance to the City (November, Midday)
Ludgate Circus: Entrée de la City (Novembre, midi)
Date c.1910
MediumOil paint on board
Dimensionssupport: 1048 x 816 mm frame: 1255 x 1025 x 63 mm
Acquisition Presented by Georges A. Mevil-Blanche 1947
Not on display

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This painting shows a view from Ludgate Circus, looking down Ludgate Hill towards St Paul’s. The foreground is crowded with hansom cabs and motor buses, the horse-drawn bus being a rare sight by this time. A steam train crosses Ludgate Hill railway bridge above. (This was demolished in 1990 to make way for the Thameslink.)

The artist, Jacques-Emile Blanche, moved to London in 1905 and painted many views of the city including Belgrave Square, Piccadilly Circus and Sloane Street. He used a four-wheeled vehicle as an extra studio from which he could make a large number of finished pictures of the city. 

September 2004

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