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Since the signing of the Anglo-Japanese Friendship Treaty in 1854, businesses from Japan had appeared throughout London.
But few could claim the popularity and success of the Heavenly Lotus Tea House. In it’s long trade run it could boast among it’s patrons; royalty, military leaders, nobility, stage stars, industrialists and even the odd crime Lord.

Unfortunately, a few Londoners it seemed, were not as enthralled with the Far East as the rest of the general population.
In the notorious summer of 1874 Nationalists bombed the road leading to the tea house, in an attempt to cut off trade and ruin the business. Mr Nakagawa, ever the philosopher, with his staff simply cleared an area in their extensive gardens and built a landing platform so that derigible passengers could still visit. This was meant only as a temporary measure, but the air-only access only added to the Tea House’s popularity and 2 more platforms were eventually built to cope with customer traffic.
The hole in the road was never repaired but was filled with water and became a rather fetching ornamental moat.

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tea, pencil, robot, japanese, sepia, victorian, steampunk

Comments

  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlaterover 5 years ago

    excellent work well done

  • Thanks a lot Alan. Much appreciated.

    – Pete Katz

  • gypsycaster
    gypsycasterover 5 years ago

    Really supurb!
    I love the piece, and the story behind it.

  • Thanks a lot!

    – Pete Katz

  • karenuk1969
    karenuk1969over 5 years ago

    Lovely work!

  • Thanks a lot Karen. And can I just say that your dog Pixie might be the cutest thing Ive EVER seen!

    – Pete Katz

  • karenuk1969
    karenuk1969over 5 years ago

    Awww thanks :-)

  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonover 5 years ago

    this is a beautiful word… love your illustration…

  • Thank you so much mimi! I love your work also.

    – Pete Katz

  • tinygdynamite
    tinygdynamiteover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work,…. Superb tonal balance…. loving it !

  • Thanks so much sir. Your work is breathtaking so that’s a real compliment. I appreciate it.

    – Pete Katz

  • CDESIGNS
    CDESIGNSabout 5 years ago

    very cool

  • jemimalovesbigted
    jemimalovesbigtedabout 5 years ago

    they are all so wonderful. what a great portfolio.

  • madworld
    madworldalmost 4 years ago

    Its been a pleasure looking through your work this morning, very lovely images

  • Thank you very much!

    – Pete Katz

  • eleni dreamel
    eleni dreamelover 3 years ago

    i love the tones you use!

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