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London Visits: Part 21

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My husband and I went "gallery hopping" for several hours on Cork Street - primarily because the Helly Nahmad Gallery had 20 Picasso paintings from "La Californie" in an exhibit.  We found several other wonderful exhibits and then stopped at our favorite coffee bar - Caffe Nero on Piccadilly.   I thought that it was finally time to sketch the counter area for my travel sketchbook.

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Rachel and I took Callum for his first immunizations and when walking back along Sloane Street saw this interesting roof top (4 tops like this along the front of the building) and a cute little vacuum called Henry which was being used while changing a window display at Peter Jones Department Store on Sloane Square.  I'm glad that I took a photo because it was gone by the time we took our Henry to see it.

This is a photo of the building showing the elaborate fronts that are part of the otherwise plain rooflines on these beautiful Victorian buildings.

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We went early one morning this week to see the Hogarth exhibit at Tate Britain.  It was crowded, but later there were long lines and even bigger crowds.  I liked his engravings best and copied a few of the faces from one of my favorites - entitled "Characters and Caricatures."

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Yesterday was drizzly and we decided it was the perfect day to go to the National Gallery to see their exhibit "Manet to Picasso."  It is a nice small exhibit - with many impressionist paintings on loan from the Tate and private collections.  There is only one early Picasso.  Since I am constantly trying to improve my skills drawing figures, I sketched this painting of Carlo Pelligrini (labeled Carol Pelligrini on the postcard I bought) by Degas.

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Comments

I'd like to try something like that Hogarth sketch of the faces. How fun! And you do Degas quite well.

These are lovely, light and bright I envy your trips and museum adventures.
Sandy

BEAUTIFUL, as ususal Shirley ...!!! I love your style!

Thanks for a wonderful post! I love your artwork, esp. the cafe one. I love coffee cafes. :) I also really love architecture, so I loved the pic of the old buildings.

These are wonderful. Looks like you are having a fabulour visit. I will check back for the next installment. Thanks

Each and every page you posted is wonderful. I really do hope that I´ll once be able to do these beautiful journal sketches for my own travels.

Lovely sketches! All of the work you recently posted is beautiful! I love your sketches - very creative and interesting. Thanks for sharing them.

really nice stuff. we used to have a henry as well, they are great little vacuum cleaners (but you have to drag them along if they are in a mood). Nice to see his familiar face.

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