Geffrye Museum

Nearest tube station is Old Street, then under 10 minutes walk

The Geffrye Museum, which houses English interiors in a rather charming range of old Almshouses, has a modest collection of 19th C pictures, some showing interiors. In the centre of the range is a lead statue of the founder, Sir Robert Geffrye, Knight, alderman and ironmonger, a 17th C figure with sword.

The pick of the picture collection is a painting by Rebecca Solomon called The Lion and the Mouse, also called The Plea, slightly oversweet but very competent interior with figures, dated 1865. In the same Victorian room hangs The Governess, 1861, by a certain Alice Squires (Squire?), and watercolours by the topographical artist Thomas Hosmer Shepherd.

In the main picture gallery, the dozen pictures include a typical Frank Holl scene of poverty called Gone, and a most interesting picture of The First Public Metropolitan Drinking Fountain, gift of Sam Guerney. The artist was W. A. Atkinson. Also there, a good example of the work of Alexander M. Rossi, Domestic Interior', c. 1885, two genre interiors with children by Henry Brooker, a couple of wedding scenes by George Elgar Hicks, and notably cringemaking, a street scene called The skipping rope, 1883, by Janet Archer. In the Regency Period room we can note various works by Charles G. Dillon, and a picnic scene by C. R. Leslie called Londoners Gypsying, dating from 1820.

There is also a small collection of 1930s pictures, of which we must at least note the good figural work 'Holiday, by Harry Morley.

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