Tuesday, 20 September 2011

New Mural in Whitechapel

Taken from East London Advertiser

"A 40ft high mural painted on the side of a building showing characters like the Krays and the Elephant Man has been unveiled along the ‘2012 Olympics Highway’ in London’s East End.

The mural telling the story of Whitechapel took six weeks of painting by artists Mychael Barratt, Nicholas Middleton and Jim Glover, commissioned by TV Edwards solicitors for their new offices in the Mile End Road.

People depicted on the mural include Captain James Cook who kept a house in the Mile End Road, Salvation Army founder General Booth whose monument is outside the building, and George Bernard Shaw who chaired the Fabian Society in Whitechapel, as well as the Krays, the Elephant Man, artists Mark Gertler and Isaac Rosenberg and TV Edwards himself who opened his first law office in Stepney in 1929."

George Bernard Shaw is the most prominent feature of the mural, depicted shielding his eyes as though looking into the far distance. He was an outspoken socialist eugenicist, it is interesting therefore that his head partially conceals John Merrick, the Elephant Man.

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