Covent Garden market. by Mike Jeffries

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Today Covent Garden in central London is an area of fashionable cafes, wine bars and high- end luxury goods shops but at one time it was the home of the wholesale fruit and vegetable trade serving the whole of London and very much a working environment.

By the late sixties growing traffic congestion, parking problems and narrow streets unsuitable for the increasing size of lorries made a move from this increasingly valuable land more or less inevitable and the whole shooting match was moved to a new site at Nine Elms on the other side of the Thames, once the venue of the Southern region’s largest steam locomotive shed.

Today the trade is carried on in a huge modern complex, the vehicles are forty- ton juggernauts but the Cockney characters doing the wheeling and dealing are still very much the same probably the sons and grandsons of the people seen in my picture.

This painting in oils on a 20″×30″ board was commissioned by an exiled Londoner living in the West Country and based on contemporary photographs.

A painting like this of your favourite vehicle, British or American, in oils on canvas or board would cost about £2500.

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  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...over 5 years ago

    We call that a traffic jam, great stuff.

  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaover 5 years ago

    so big work, Mick!

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 5 years ago

    I really like the street scene in this painting, the vehicles the people and the other bits that make up the whole. Nice one Mike. – Ted

  • SimplyScene
    SimplySceneover 5 years ago

    A wonderful street scene Mike.

  • Spencer Trickett
    Spencer Trickettover 5 years ago

    Superb story telling of days gone. Incredible detail and lilght – really like your style.

  • reflector
    reflectorover 5 years ago

    A very nice painting ! Lots of activity and visual interest.

  • I did have a good reference for this but I also know the area too, thanks reflector

    – Mike Jeffries

  • tonyswaby
    tonyswabyover 5 years ago

    Incredible work Mike…T

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 5 years ago

    another fave Mike your work is astounding.x

  • katymckay
    katymckayover 5 years ago

    Absolutely incredible work !! I could not believe when I first looked ,that this was a painting..Just wonderful !!!!!

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisover 5 years ago

    Wow this is awesome work.

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