RECENTLY SOLD HAMPSTEAD PAINTINGS
If you see any Hampstead paintings on my site which are sold, I would be happy to paint a similar scene.
Many people feel that this leafy village in north-west London has been a great inspiration for artists and writers over it’s history. Having once lived there for years, I can personally endorse those artistic vibe claims. Any visitor to Hampstead need only explore the side streets and alleys to discover the wealth of blue plaques on buildings which highlight just how many notables have lived in this quaint hamlet.
There are several plaques in honour of one of Britain’s greatest landscape artists John Constable, whom is in fact buried in St. John’s Church at the end of Church Row - a street which I have painted. Picturesque Flask Walk is another of my canvas subjects, famous for it’s sale of local spa water in bygone years at it’s historic pub of that name, The Flask. Nearby listed building Burgh House is the town’s museum & arts venue where I have exhibited at some years ago - a place I have much affection for due to it’s peaceful atmosphere. The Buttery Café in the basement is a must-visit for both locals and tourists.
Another Hampstead staple which has captured my brushes attention is the Coffee Cup, a café that has survived since the mid-1950's era. Many well-known faces have managed to sip coffees within it’s wood-panelled walls, from the likes of Betty Grable, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, to long-term resident Tom Conti. The tucked-away Holly Bush pub is a well-visited old inn that has a fascinating history. Back in the late 1790's the pub was actually the stables at the rear of the home of British artist George Romney, whom chose to set up his easel there.
One of Hampstead’s best-kept secrets is the Hampstead Antique & Craft Emporium, hidden just off the main Heath Street. It’s well-stocked units sell an eclectic array of vintage collectable jewellery, toys & crystal. My own favourite outlet based in this ever-so-cute alley is The Button Lady, a long established (1975) business where serious shoppers can purchase silk shawls & scarves, plus unique antique buttons. This tiny store has a customer reputation as far afield as Japan and north America.
Parallel to the aforementioned alley is the equally attractive Perrin’s Court to which I have enjoyed painting. Within this laid-back pedestrian street you will find the ever-busy Mani’s Café, plus the beautifully flowered frontage of the Villa Bianca - an Italian restaurant regularly visited by famous faces since opening it’s doors in 1969.
Directly adjacent to the said eatery is the equally popular Zebra One Gallery, one of the capital’s leading photographic exhibitors, dealers & framing services - all under one cutely compact roof. Rock music aficionados flock to Zebra in search of those iconic pictures of their favourite performers
Without any doubt, one has to say that Hampstead village has it all.
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