Covent Garden market.

Mike Jeffries

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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THIS PAINTING IS SOLD

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.

E-mail mike@transportartist .co.uk to commission your own unique work of art by one of Britain’s leading transport artists.

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