J. Oppenheimer

Piccadilly Circus

1902

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Medium
Pastel on paper
Dimensions
Support: 381 x 274 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T11014

Display caption

This drawing shows the hustle and bustle surrounding the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus (a model for Eros can be seen in this room). Horse-drawn vehicles intersect with motorised buses and swarms of people crowd into the heart of the
West End.

The building on the left of the picture is the London Pavilion which was built in 1885 as a variety hall. In 1923, giant electric billboards were set up on the façade and in 1934 it was converted in to a cinema.

Gallery label, September 2004