One of the first pub painted
I would like to write about one of my first watercolours painting here in London. This is the painting of the “White Cross” an iconic riverside pub in Richmond. After my arrival in 2004, and when two weeks approximately have passed I was invited for my stepson, who was starting a postgraduate course in London, to visit Hampton Court and we made our trip by the river in a very nice and warm summer time. Our departure was from was from Westminster Pier and I enjoyed a lot the trip seeing the riverside from the boat. When we were passing by Richmond I saw a beautiful pub there decorated with flowers and a lot of people outside the building enjoying the summer time. The energy that this public house and surrounding irradiates was of happiness and joyful. I took some pictures and quick sketches and then at home I started to build the painting spiced with feelings and memories of the moment I lived. Every of my paintings are a glimpse of the real experience which I am trying to share with other people. Other people can do this through words; my expression is the painting.
A Building from 19th Century
This pub has been Serving Young’s fine ales since 1869, the pub dates back to 1780 and was originally called the Waterman’s Arms. It was rebuilt in 1838, and changed its name to The White Cross in 1840. The landlord at the time was Samuel Cross which may explain the name change. The pub is built on the site of the observant Franciscan Friary which was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1534, but there may be some remains of the friary incorporated within its extensive cellars (1).
Some details of the Painting
Title: “The White Cross, Richmond, London”
Watercolour and Ink Painting On 300msg Paper
31.0 Height X 40.0 Wide cm (unframed)
By Francisco Adolfo Gutierrez
(1) This information was taken from The White Cross Pub website: https://thewhitecrossrichmond.com/