The Old Curiosity Shop - Dickensian London Metal Print
This Dickensian London metal 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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Metal Prints - Product Information
Metal prints are a contemporary and stylish choice that will arrive at your door ready to hang.
The artwork is printed on a 1/16" thick sheet of aluminum that is then mounted on a 3/4" thick wooden frame. The wooden frame is recessed from the edge of the print giving the appearance of a thin high-gloss metal print that appears to be offset from your wall.
Each metal print is made to your order and printed using archival quality materials that should last a lifetime. Metal prints take 10 to 15 business days to produce and are shipped directly to you in sturdy packaging.
The only decision you will have to make when ordering your metal print is how large you would like it to be.