I dropped by to Morley College over at Southwark, London last week having been told that I would find a set of 3 murals by Edward Bawden. But more importantly for me another one by Justin Todd. And sure enough there tucked away at the back of the college refectory (nice old fashioned cosy word that) was this delightful piece.
Justin Todd's full mural that spans about 3 metres
Detail from left hand centre of the mural.
Painted in 1961 it depicts scenes from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Unfortunately the lighting was pretty bad so this is the best that I could do, but it clearly shows Todd’s wonderful skill and style which, in my view, is far superior to that of the more lorded Bawden work which, in my view, was rather wooden and lacking the wit, heart and charm of Todd’s.
Detail from one of Edward Bawden's murals at Morley.
The murals replaced and earlier one painted by Eric Ravilious, completed in 1930 and unveiled by the then Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin. Sadly it was destroyed in a bombing raid during the 1940 Blitz.
For more about Justin Todd click here.