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Demolition in the West End

Cecil Arthur Hunt (1873-1965)



Watercolour and bodycolour

11 ¼ x 15 inches

Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition, 1962, No 598;
'A Century of British Art: 1945-2010', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, October-November 2021, no 306

The Demolition of the Watney Stag Brewery
Hunt was attracted to the dramatic and theatrical qualities of sites of industry and demolition. He therefore found much to inspire him when, in November 1959, the large Watney Stag Brewery in central London, between Victoria Street and Bressenden Place, was razed to the ground. He made drawings of the subject in two of his sketchbooks for 1959 (Nos 41 and 43), and then watercolours that were exhibited at Royal Academy of Arts between 1960 and 1962, and at the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours in 1960 and 1963.

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