Hampstead Heath Station & Magdala Tavern

This view is of the eastbound platform at the Hampstead Heath train station, with houses and the Magdala pub rising in the background. Cheek was one of a group of artists working on the 'Recording Britain' project, run by Kenneth Clark of the National Gallery. The project aimed to preserve images of the nation before and during the damage caused by World War II. After the war, Cheek continued working as a successful painter of land- and cityscapes. Six years after this watercolour was painted, the Magdala pub would become the site of the famous murder of David Blakely by his lover Ruth Ellis. Ellis became the last woman to be executed in Britain.
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Height: 55cm, Length: 71cm, Breadth: 2cm
Malvina Cheek
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