The Golden Heart pub, Spitalfields
- Original hand pulled screen print
- 8 colours
- 30 x 40 cm
- Heritage White 315 gsm paper
- Edition of 50
The Golden Heart public house was built for Truman’s Brewery around 1934. It was built on the site of an earlier pub, recorded as early as 1821 as the Golden Harp which was very popular with the local Irish community. So, I have used a harp as the background motif. The name was changed to attract a more family based clientele.
The Beer house act of 1830 to improve the quality of the beer and keep drinkers off the streets. In those times it was safer to drink beer as the local water was not purified. The idea was to allow local pubs to brew their own better quality beers and ciders which were safer than spirits.
The Golden Heart is a flagship pub for Truman’s Black Eagle Brewery in Brick Lane. In the late 1980s and 90s, the pub became closely associated with the rising artistic and cultural vibrancy of Spitalfields, becoming the local pub for many of the key artists in the Brit Art movement, including Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas, along with long-time Fournier Street residents Gilbert and George. The landlady, Sandra Esquilant, who took on management of the pub with her husband Dennis in 1978, was voted one of the hundred most influential people in the art world by Art Review magazine in 2002, and in an Observer article of December 2006 it was claimed, ‘what the Ivy is to showbiz stars, the Golden Heart is to artists’.
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