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Streatham Hill Theatre as an inspiration to artists
Even before it opened, the Streatham Hill Theatre has inspired artists and illustrators.
Watercolour by David Wilson
David Wilson, who was living nearby painted the construction of the theatre in 1928 – 1929. The watercolour is a charming and unique representation of a theatre under construction.
David Wilson lived at 22 Downton Avenue in Streatham (this joins Streatham Hill opposite the theatre) for twenty-seven years, 1908-35. He was a member of the Streatham Art Society from its inception. Wilson was a well-known and highly regarded graphic artists and cartoonist of his day. His work regularly appeared in Punch, the Graphic and the Tatler and he was particularly associated with the Daily Chronicle – for which, from 1906, he was cartoonist-in-chief during the years of the Liberal revival under Campbell-Bannerman and Asquith.
The architects’ drawings are a work of art in themselves. Below is the front elevation. Other drawings are in our photo gallery.
To celebrate the opening of the theatre in 1929 a brochure was produced, containing line drawings of the interior:
More recently the theatre has inspired artists and illustrators to create their own versions of the theatre frontage. Here are some we have come across, in various styles, with links to the artist.
The theatre has also inspired ITO Photography to create illustrations based on photographs of the interior.