The Nunnery Gallery, Bow
The works of the East London Group are arguably one of the great lost treasures of British art. A school that consisted of working class painters depicting urban scenes in a realist style, they flourished in the inter-war years. They came from varied backgrounds. Albert Turpin for example,(who went on to become mayor of Bethnal Green), was a window cleaner by trade. Another member was a boxer and another a shipping clerk. The demands of their day jobs meant they had to fit their painting activity around their working hours. This is often reflected in the tones of their paintings, which capture either the light of the early morning or the evening dusk.


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