POSTPONED The Prospect of Happiness

Architectural Portraits and Word-landscapes by lettering artist and studio potter Liz Mathews

6 to 17 May 2020
  • Peggy Jay Gallery

Enchanting miniature architectural portraits in clay and paper of special London houses, including some of the Small Historic Houses of London such as Burgh House itself, Fenton House and 2 Willow Road (both NT), as well as a perfect Arts and Crafts semi, Charles Lamb’s house, and the artist’s own house in Tufnell Park - all set in the landscape of the imagination, with pots, artist’s books and paperworks giving a window on to the view in words by writers from Blake to Virginia Woolf.

The title’s ‘prospect of happiness’ is the view across London from the heights of Hampstead Heath in Frances Bingham’s novel ’The Principle of Camouflage’, one of the word-landscapes included in the show; Virginia Woolf visits 'Caen Wood' and the Heath, and takes a bus along Tufnell Park Road on her way to visit her friend Roger Fry in Huddlestone Road - she also bravely crosses Blackfriars Bridge by night. Dr Johnson, Constable and Keats all hang out locally, and Maureen Duffy has a vision of the floating city before immersing herself in the old Round Reading Room of the British Museum.  And Blake hymns ‘The fields from Islington to Marybone,/ To Primrose Hill and Saint John’s Wood’ not forgetting ‘Pancras and Kentish Town’; The Prospect of Happiness celebrates aspects of a multi-faceted local area from an artist’s quirky perspective.