Victorian Art Appreciation: St Martin-in-the-Fields by William Logsdail

St Martin-in-the-Fields, 1888
by William Logsdail (1859 - 1944)

About the paiting
St Martin-in-the-Fields is a painting of a child street vendor outside the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, London.
[Source: Wikipedia]

Logsdail painted this picture from a vehicle stationed for weeks at the kerb-side in Trafalgar Square, his feet covered with straw to protect them from the cold. It is the most famous of his series of London scenes. The view highlights the plight of child street sellers, and would also have reminded contemporary audiences of the ‘Bloody Sunday’ riots which had taken place in Trafalgar Square a few months before. During the demonstration thousands of people, demanding the right to free speech, were brutally attacked by armed police and troops.
[Source: Tate]

If you like, you can download my digitally enhanced version (8" x 10" @ 300 ppi JPEG) of the painting here. Interesting addition to a junk journal project or simply print and frame for DIY wall art.

Creative Commons Licence
Colour-enhanced reproductions of public domain fine art are shared under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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