Saturday, April 21, 2012

Delftware tile - Frying Pan Alley

Delftware tile - Frying Pan Alley

One of the many new 'Delft' tiles (actually paintings on panel and not ceramic!) I am creating for my Umbra Sumus (We Are But Shadows) solo show at the end of this month (April 27 - 29 inclusive) in Spitalfields.

This tile represents Frying Pan Alley, a tiny and now unremarkable little passageway that runs between Bell Lane and Middlesex Street in Spitalfields. A tiny alley with a fantastic name. Nowadays entirely developed, and, as a result, somewhat charmless. But early photographs of the area reveal a most intriguing and atmospheric little street...

Today's post on Spitalfield's Life shows a clutch of photographs of streets around Spitalfields, taken almost 100 years ago to the day (just after the Titanic had sunk) and how those places look today (including Frying Pan Alley).

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