Edward Ardizzone lived almost all his life in Maida Vale and loved the local pubs. His son once said: ‘It was in pubs he found the humanity that fascinated him, the flawed, fallible humanity for which he had such a keen visual sense’.
To mark our Ardizzone exhibition we are celebrating his drawings and prints of Maida Vale pub-life with a guided walk. It will stop by the Blue Plaque in Elgin Avenue, which marks his home and the bay window where he spent his days drawing, before visiting the Warwick Castle, his drawing of which featured on the cover of ‘Back To The Local’ in 1949. Then we will walk down to one of the finest Victorian pubs in London, the Prince Alfred, to celebrate his drawing of ‘Darts at the Alfred’ in the ornate public bar. We will finish at The Warrington, the site of the drawing of the Saloon Lounge which graces the current exhibition.
There will be opportunities to drink a glass at each of the three pubs; The Warrington has good bar food. The trail, beginning and ending at Maida Vale tube, will be led by Ardizzone enthusiast and journalist Robert Bruce, who has lived in the area for 30 years. Spaces limited; booking essential.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TIMING OF THIS VISIT HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 11.30AM-1.30PM.