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From 1909 until 1912 Gore rented a front room at 31 Mornington Crescent in Camden. During this period he painted from his window numerous views of the surrounding houses, gardens and tube station.

Mornington Crescent faced leafy gardens until the Carreras Cigarette Factory was built on the site in 1926. Its fine curve marked the northern edge of the area conceived in outline by John Nash in the early nineteenth century. This area of north-west London is today home to millionaires, but in the early twentieth century its population was mainly working-class.

February 2004