The Old Curiosity Shop - Dickensian London Canvas Print
This Dickensian London canvas print features The Old Curiosity Shop on Portsmouth Street. What captured my attention most about this building was how it is surrounded by modern London and its comparatively larger buildings. It seemed like a fairy tale lost in the everyday world.
I think the setting has much to do with my decision to depict this as a rainy London scene. Of course, it rains in London plenty so that part is not so much fictional. But The warm lights from the windows of The Old Curiosity Shop set it apart from the surrounding street.
Now there's disagreement over whether this little shop really inspired Charles Dickens' novel of the same name. But it was close to where Dickens lived and he is said to have visited the shop. It was not, however, known as The Old Curiosity Shop until after the release of the book in 1841.
Whether or not this was the inspiration, it's truly a piece of Dickensian London, already an old building even then. Built circa 1567, it was a gift from Charles II to one of his mistresses. It has survived not only the Blitz in modern history but the great fire of 1666. Unsurprisingly this little survivor is a protected building today. And a beautiful inspiration for atmospheric art today and possibly in Dickens' day as well.
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Stretched canvas prints are a great choice for decorating your home or office. Canvas art is a classic choice that is at home in traditional and modern decor alike.
After the purchase of your canvas print, it is made to your order. The artwork is printed on an acid-free poly/cotton blend canvas. The use of archival inks and substrate means that your canvas art print should last a lifetime without fading or loss of color.
When ordering your print, you have a choice between glossy and matte finishes. While I ordinarily love matte finishes on prints, I do like the sheen that comes on glossy canvas prints. Ultimately I would suggest letting the amount of light in your space guide your choice. In a brightly lit environment, I would lean towards a matte finish to reduce the chance of glare.
There are three wrap styles to choose from for canvas prints. The mirrored wrap choice mirrors and extends the image to the sides of the canvas wrap (without losing any of the original artwork on the front). The majority of the time I would suggest this is the best choice. The other two options are a solid black wrap or white wrap. You can see a preview of each option when selecting wrap color.
After printing, the canvas is stretched over and secured to a wooden frame of 1.5" by 1.5" stretcher bars. The entire production process takes from 10 to 15 business days. Your artwork will arrive in sturdy packaging. The hanging wire will be attached and all hardware necessary to hang your canvas print will be included. Canvas prints are a great ready-to-hang option.