Sweetings is London’s oldest fish and oyster restaurant; its original premises opened in 1830 in Islington. This beautiful corner site on Queen Victoria Street has been little changed for over one hundred years and is a much-loved institution in the City of London. I first learned about it from the Spitalfields Life blog. I could have painted any number of views, but chose this corner because of the light cast from the frosted windows with their blue roller blinds, reflected in the tall, mirrored wall panel and bouncing off the rows of glasses and waiting cutlery. I was intrigued by the gap between the counter-top table and the window, which can be used as seating, if you know how to find your way in.
And a video of the exhibition is now available to view on Youtube here
Title: Interior at Sweetings
Medium: Oil on canvas panel
Dimensions: 36 x 46cm unframed (14 x 18″) 39 x 49cm framed (15 x 19″)