At the end of the exhibition are two paintings which sort of sum up the artistic career of Emily Carr. Both of Beacon Hill in Victoria, where she lived most of her life. The first of 1909, and a very traditional landscape, and the second of 1937, in her much freer ‘gasoline-as-thinner’ style.
We shall have to visit Beacon Hill in June.
At West Dulwich station we found our way with a fine fingerport sign.
And watched a squirrel find cake in a litterbin, and settle to eat it.
Behind the squirrel is a three part sculpture called Walking the Dog.
After Emily Carr we returned to central London for a pint in the Chandos (Sam Smith’s Old Brewery Bitter less than £3 a pint) before spending an hour or so exploring the Grayson Perry exhibition in the first floor galleries of the National Portrait Gallery. Delightful stuff, as seen on TV, but my favourite is still the headscarf depicting the white girl’s journey from consumer society to Islam.
Back to Victoria Station by bus, and time for a last London pint in the Victoria pub, beside the station in Phipps Mews – a pint of Trumans Blindside.