This September saw the historic East London Group return to the Nunnery Gallery, with a new collection of paintings selected and curated by writer broadcaster Michael Rosen and radio producer film-maker Emma-Louise Williams. With a special focus on Albert Turpin, who, as a window cleaner fireman, Mayor of Bethnal Green and leading member of the anti-fascists movement was the ultimate working artist. Find out more about our current exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery – The Working Artist: East London Group.
The Nunnery Gallery shop features an incredible selection of books from classic East End tales to unmissable memoirs. See below for what’s on to offer, if you would like more information about any of the books or stock availability please contact 020 8980 7774 or firstname.lastname@example.org
From Bow to Biennale: Artists of the East London Group, David Buckman, £30
Although the East London Group achieved commercial success and huge media coverage in the late 1920s and early 1930s, its story has never been told. From Bow to Biennale is the first study of this important group of artists. Richly illustrated, the story of the East London Group is examined in detail, with biographies of the artists involved and a list of their paintings in public collections.
East End Vernacular: Artists Who Painted London's East End Streets in the 20th Century, The Gentle Author, £25
The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life presents a magnificent selection of pictures - many never published before - revealing the evolution of painting in the East End of London and tracing the changing character of the streets through the twentieth century.
The East End – My Birthright, Albert Turpin, £20
The East End – My Birthright is a memoir of Turpin’s remarkable life. It includes first-hand descriptions of political events in the East End – fights with the Blackshirts, arrests, meetings in Victoria Park, as well as the Battle of Cable Street. The book is illustrated by Turpin’s paintings and drawings as well as cuttings, posters and photographs from his family’s collection.
Titania and Oberon: A fairy tale, Illustrated by Phyllis Bray £12.99
A gorgeous reissue of this classic tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, originally published in 1945. This book is lavishly illustrated by paintings from Phyllis Bray, member of the East London Group, making it an ideal first introduction to Shakespeare's work for children.
So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir, by Michael Rosen, £16.99
In this hilarious, moving memoir, much-loved children’s poet, political campaigner and curator of The Working Artist: The East London Group Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. He was born in the North London suburbs, and his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the Jewish East End of the 1930s. Different from other children, Rosen and his brother, Brian, grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution.
East End, by John Claridge, £25
Perhaps no-one took more photographs in the East End of London in the sixties than John Claridge? Collecting together over two hundred of his stylish and evocative images, John Claridge’s East End is a candid insider's portrait of an entire society observed by a unique photographic talent. "People say life was hard in the East End but I found the living was easy and I loved it."
The Boss of Bethnal Green: Joseph Merceron, the Godfather of Regency London, by Julian Woodford, £20
Julian Woodford uncovers the breathtakingly appalling life of Joseph Merceron (1764-1839), gangster and corrupt magistrate, who accumulated enormous wealth while presiding over the creation of the poorest slums in Georgian London. Ruling Spitalfields and Bethnal Green from his base in Brick Lane for half a century, Merceron gave the East End the bad reputation that still lingers today.
A Hoxton Childhood & The Years After, by A.S. Jasper, £20
A.S. Jasper's memoir of growing up in the East End of London before the First World War was acclaimed as a classic when it was described by the Observer as 'Zola without the trimmings.' In this definitive new edition, it is accompanied by the first publication of the sequel detailing the author's life in the cabinet-making trade, 'The Years After.'
The Gentle Author’s Cries! of London, by The Gentle Author, £20
The Gentle Author assembles a choice selection of CRIES OF LONDON, telling the stories of the artists and celebrated traders, and revealing the unexpected social realities contained within these cheap colourful prints produced for the mass market.