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London Christmas Paintings


As we edge nearer to Christmas Day, It is a tradition of the blog at this time of the year to show a selection of paintings  that illustrate how different artists at different times have captured the Christmas Period.

All the paintings  have in common is that they are either about London or can be seen in London.


Skating on the Serpentine, London by J. Baber Date painted: 1839 – Collection: Museum of London

This picturesque scene of a crowd of skaters on the frozen Serpentine  in Hyde Park is a copy of a painting of the same name produced in 1823 by John Chalon.

The Nativity at Night possibly about 1490, Geertgen tot Sint Jans (National Gallery)

A very early and unusual treatment of the Nativity , Christ in the crib  illuminates the scene surrounded by angels.

London, Winter by Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson Date painted: 1928 Collection: Museum of London

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson 1889 1946) was one of the most famous war artists of World War I.

(c) Arts Council Collection; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Still Life at Christmas by Michael Ayrton Date painted: 1953–1954 (Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre)

Michael Ayrton (1921 – 1975) was an artist and writer.

(c) Stephen Chaplin; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Mr Churchill’s Speech, Christmas 1941 by Stephen Chaplin –  Date painted: 2005 – Collection: Bromley Museum Service

This is one of a series of 39 paintings produced by Stephen Chaplin based upon his memories of his childhood during the Second World War in Orpington. The painting depicts the occasion when Stephen Chaplin’s father poked himself in the eye whilst listening to a speech by Winston Churchill.

(c) David Gear; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Christmas Tree by William Gear – Date painted: 1950 (Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre)

Although now largely forgotten, William Gear was considered one of the leading abstract British painters of his time. He worked in Paris with Fernand Legér and his work was shown in New York , alongside Jackson Pollock.

May I wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year




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