John Lewis - 140th Anniversary Tribute 2004 by Stephen B Whatley
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The John Lewis department store in Oxford Street, in central London- one of many architectural paintings of London landmarks painted by expressionist artist Stephen B Whatley; often in special anniversary years.The artist either paints directly on location; or from a series of drawings made on location - as for this large painting.
Stephen is inspired by both classical and contemporary architecture and the spontaneity of his work has inspired a diverse range of commissions, from the the classical history of Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London to the 1930s and 1960s buildings of the BBC.
The John Lewis Partnership began in 1864; and this building - its flagship store - opened in 1960. The cast aluminium sculpture, 'Winged Figure' (1961-63), by the British sculptress Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) was later added to the side of the building; a beautiful contrast to the modern block - inspiring the soft wispy figure in the centre of this painting.
Oil on canvas,
30 x 40in / 76 x 102cm