Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Delftware tile - The Whitechapel Mount

Delftware tile - The Whitechapel Mount

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 depicts a curious earthworks that once stood where to-day stands the Royal London Hospital on the Whitechapel Road, known as the Whitechapel Mount, claimed by some to be a primeval earthwork of mystical significance, by others to be a spoil heap from digging the City’s eastern defences during the English Civil War in the mid 1600s.

Nothing now remains of this man-made hillock, save the name Mount Terrace on a small, overlooked street beside the Royal London Hospital.

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