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This painting shows a view from Ludgate Circus, looking down 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.) Blanche painted many views of London, where he kept a studio from 1905. He used a four-wheeled vehicle as an extra studio from which he could make finished pictures of the city.

February 2016