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The Café Royal in Regent Street was well known as a meeting place for London artists and writers. The people in this picture have not been identified. The Café was often painted, although not particularly by members of the Camden Town Group, who preferred to depict more ordinary places. Two other paintings by Ginner of areas in central London close to the Café Royal are displayed nearby. They are of Piccadilly Circus and the Victoria Embankment Gardens. Ginner grew up in France and was trained in Paris, at first as an architect. He moved to London in 1909. He continued to paint landscapes in the style of Camden Town into the 1940s, and was the longest surviving member of the Group.

August 2004