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OIL ON CANVAS

Barclay and Perkins's Brewery, Park Street in Southwark

This oil painting depicts the entrance to the Brewery in Park Street with an office block at the rear of the yard. The Anchor Brewery owned by Barclay and Perkins was the largest brewery in the world and covered over 12 acres ( including the site of the Globe warehouse).

The view includes a hansom cab, a dray, barrels on horse-drawn sleds and a butcher's boy carrying a wooden tray. On the extreme right of the image is Great Brewhouse, with its eight huge windows and light suspension bridge that connected it with buildings on the east side of the street. The range that housed fermenting vessels and the windows of the head brewer's office can also be seen on the right of the composition.

In 1981 beer production stopped, allowing the land to be redeveloped. Museum of London archaeologists discovered a major Roman site underneath part of the brewery as well as the site of the Globe theatre.

  • Maker:
    British School, 19th century (artist); British School (maker)
  • Production Date:
    1835-1840
  • ID no:
    A8069

Further Information

  • Number of items: 1
  • Measurements: H 605 mm; W 760 mm; D 78 mm (framed) ; H 503 mm; W 647 mm (unframed)
  • Materials: oil; canvas
  • Status: permanent collection
  • Copyright Holder: digital image copyright Museum of London
  • Last Updated: 2014-01-10

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