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This drawing is the preparatory work for the painting adjacent to it. Leon Kossoff was born and studied in London and uses the city as his principal subject. He likes to draw and paint the everyday life on the streets of London. Paintings are done in his studio but large charcoal drawing such as this are drawn on the spot. Kossoff has done a series of drawings and paintings on the subject of the grand city church, Christchurch, Spitalfields, by the architect Hawksmoor, inspired by the great mass of the building in relation to the streets around it.

September 2004