- Sheet: 39 15/16 x 24 7/8 inches (101.4 x 63.2 cm)
In artist's hand, in green, right side of right image: "Gaynor Chapman." In red type, beneath left image: "BILLINGSGATE" and in black type below: "Pay a pre-breakfast visit. No 'Billingsgate compliments' * today, but the tradition | of salty exchanges persists, leather hats are in evidence, and porters' heads will | support nonchalant hundredweights. The rainbow harvest, ice-stiff in boxes or | stranded on the slab, brings a deep-sea tang to London's doorstep." In smaller black type, below, left: "* Richard Brome, 1652" and in italics, below, right: "Underground to Monument." In red type, beneath right image: "CONVENT GARDEN" and in black type below: "Another early morning expedition. Chaos is the order of the day, merchant and | customer bargain in a vegetable shorthand which defeats the uninitiated ear, porters | battle through the throng between mountains of begonias and broccoli, grapefruit | and greens. Try not to obstruct--here time is money, and neither grows on trees." I
Lettered, lower left: "BILLINGSGATE | Pay a pre-breakfast visit. No 'Billingsgate compliments' today, but the tradition of salty exchang[?] p[?], leather hats [?] in evidence, and [?] beads still support nonchalant hundredweights. The rainbow harvest, ice stiff in boxes or stranded on the [?], brings a deep-sea tang to London's doorstep. | [?]"; lower right: "COVENT GARDEN | Another early morning expedition. Chaos is the order of the day, merchant and commoner bargain in a vegetable shorthand which defeated the uninitiated ear, porters battle through the throng between mountains of [?] and broccoli, grapefruit and greens. Try not to obstruct - here time is money, and neither grows on trees. | Underground to Covent Garden."; lower center: "LONDON MARKETS | Explore London's rich variety of markets. You may not want a peck of peppers, you may not unearth a Ming vase. What you will surely find is a precious amalgam of uncompromising good humour, tolerance and unquenchable vitality that is the very stuff of working London."
In green, right side of right image: "Gaynor Chapman."
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Henry S. Hacker, Yale BA 1965
- Copyright Status:
- © TfL
- Accession Number:
- Prints and Drawings
- Subject Terms:
- Abstract | advertisement | fish | fruits | genre subject | Geometric | markets | shopping | vegetables
- Associated Places:
- Covent Garden | England | Europe | Greater London | London | United Kingdom
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