Old Six Bells Bowling Green, King's Road, Chelsea: 1902
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Old Six Bells Bowling Green, King's Road, Chelsea. Watercolour drawing. The picturesque old Six Bells pub on King's Road backed onto this green, where a local bowling club has its headquarters. The drawing depicts four players and five spectators in a garden behind the pub which 1901, the year before this watercolour was completed, was replaced by an new structure with the same sign. A pencil annotation on the back of this watercolour notes that it was drawn on 9 August 1902, the coronation day of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Walter and Henry Greaves were self-taught painters, the sons of Chelsea boat-builder and waterman Charles Greaves. Walter and Henry encountered the world of art through the American artist James McNeill Whistler, who moved to Chelsea in 1863 and rented boats from the Greaves's boatyard.
1902 AD - 1902 AD