William Logsdail
St Martin-in-the-Fields 1888

Artwork details

William Logsdail 1859–1944
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Date 1888
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1435 x 1181 mm
frame: 1588 x 1388 x 106 mm, 47 kg
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1888
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

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Logsdail painted this picture from a vehicle stationed for weeks at the kerb-side in Trafalgar Square, his feet covered with straw to protect them from the cold. It is the most famous of his series of London scenes.

This view highlights the plight of child street sellers, and would also have reminded contemporary audiences of the ‘Bloody Sunday’ riots which had taken place in Trafalgar Square a few months before. During the demonstration thousands of people, demanding the right to free speech, were brutally attacked by armed police and troops.

February 2004

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