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The Heavenly Lotus Tea House by Pete Katsiaounis

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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.


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


  • Alan Findlater
    Alan Findlaterabout 5 years ago

    excellent work well done

  • Thanks a lot Alan. Much appreciated.

    – Pete Katsiaounis

  • gypsycaster
    gypsycasterabout 5 years ago

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

  • Thanks a lot!

    – Pete Katsiaounis

  • karenuk1969
    karenuk1969about 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 Katsiaounis

  • karenuk1969
    karenuk1969about 5 years ago

    Awww thanks :-)

  • mimi yoon
    mimi yoonabout 5 years ago

    this is a beautiful word… love your illustration…

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

    – Pete Katsiaounis

  • tinygdynamite
    tinygdynamiteabout 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 Katsiaounis

    CDESIGNSalmost 5 years ago

    very cool

  • jemimalovesbigted
    jemimalovesbigtedalmost 5 years ago

    they are all so wonderful. what a great portfolio.

  • madworld
    madworldover 3 years ago

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

  • Thank you very much!

    – Pete Katsiaounis

  • eleni dreamel
    eleni dreamelover 3 years ago

    i love the tones you use!

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