Cornelissen, the art shop at Great Russell Street in London, is probably the most beautiful art shop in the world, with its mysterious-looking pigments in glass jars just catching the light in dark wooden shelving, the serried ranks of paint tubes below, and bouquets of brushes in wooden cases arranged along the counters. Some gleaming amber liquids – glazes and painting mediums – are lit up in a small cabinet of glass shelves beyond, and to the right are shelves laden with papers and pochade boxes.
Founded in the 1860s by Louis Cornelissen from premises at Great Queen Street, it was run by the Cornelissen family until 1977, and then moved to this site in Bloomsbury after the business was revived in the late 1970s by new owner Nicholas Walt. It is a somewhat daunting place to paint, owing to its long and illustrious history.
Title: Interior at Cornelissen
Medium: Oil on linen
Dimensions (h x w): 31 x 36cm unframed (12 x 14″); 34 x 39cm framed (13 x 15″)