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the leg-of-mutton sleeve goes whoosh

A couple days ago, I took my parents to the Brunel Museum, which is quite small, so we also stopped in next door to the Rotherhithe Picture Research Library at the Sands Film Studio. It's amazing, you can see a visit I made there with Viviane Schwarz and blogged about here. It's a couple old rooms absolutely stuffed with scrapbooks on various themes. I keep making vows to go there regularly and draw from the photos, and failing to do so. But here's a drawing I did this morning, based on a photo in a folder labelled 'Women before 1914'. Henry Bown took the photo of Louisa Jane Harradine, aged 22, born at 17 Paradise Street, London, in 1876. ...THOSE SLEEVES. And I can't quite make out what's on top of that hat, something very furry.

I hope to blog a lot more about this place, it's a sort of magic kingdom.

The thing that gave me the kick to do the drawing this morning was seeing this lovely photo and sketch posted on Twitter by Alex T. Smith, of his grandparents, Alice and Sid, in 1948.

While I was walking through Soho with my parents, we popped into Gosh! London and I bought a few things, including these lovely books, You're Just Jealous of My Jetpack by excellent Guardian comics creator Tom Gauld and Bad Machinery: The Case of Team Spirit by web-comics legend John Allison. Tom had me laughing loudly on the sofa, and I'm in the middle of John's book and really enjoying the chance to read it in a printed format.


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Elinor Blackwood
May. 1st, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
I think you might be on to something with the sleeves. And that 1948 drawing is simply excellent! How inspiring. I'll have to look for more art by Mr Smith!

And I want to go to Gosh! London now. It seems brilliant.
May. 2nd, 2013 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And Gosh IS a brilliant shop! Do stop by if you're ever in the area. :)
May. 2nd, 2013 07:03 am (UTC)
Rotherhide research library looks astounding. Did they use it in that Poliakoff TV play, Picturing (?) the Past? Are you allowed to just 'browse'?
May. 2nd, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
Oo, I'm not sure. But you can find some of the details on the Sands Film Studio website. And yes, it's open to the public! Check the website for opening hours, but they're very friendly and let us wander around and look at things. And The Mayflower pub is just across the street and there are two tiny little cafes when you need a break, one at the Brunel Museum and one across the road from St Mary's, by the old school with the statues and the park.
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