Hastings Senior Men’s Forum

On November 11 we had an illustrated talk from John Chisholm on the artist Alfred Quinton.

This was a follow-up on this artist from a couple of years ago. This time we would be seeing postcards of the artist’s paintings of London and the River Thames.

Alfred Quinton was born in 1853 and died in 1934 and his love of the English countryside was his inspiration to paint in order to record these scenes as he saw them and by working in conjunction with a printer he was able to make a living from his work.

It is said that he painted one picture for each week of his life so for different parts of the country we have an everlasting record of familiar scenes of today as they were in the first part of the last century.

We looked at many streets and buildings in central London before moving on up the River Thames to its source beyond Oxford. Because of his prolific work he used the art of tracing certain people and vehicles so as they could appear in more than one picture, but sometimes the scale applied was not very accurate.

These paintings on postcards are now collectors items and at auctions fetch a good price. We were all impressed with the quality of the paintings and the presentation from John Chisholm.