Introducing the latest addition to No. 31 - a handpainted lacquered wood screen with gold leaf detail, acquired from Spitalfields Market on Thursday morning.

Thankyou to everyone who stopped by for the silk patterns exhibition (sold out!) and attic sale (not sold out yet!), both of which ended on Saturday after a breathless few weeks.

French silk velour patterns from the 1850s. These intricate hand-painted artefacts are on display and available to buy on Thursday 17th and Saturday 20th July 2014 along with a selection of other embroidery, fashion and sewing curios. Just let us know when you’re coming - we’re open 10-4pm both days. In the gallery space we’re holding an Attic Sale of all the books, ceramics, pottery, posters, vintage fabrics and other bric á brac that Rodney Archer is ready to share from his collection.

The 2014 Huguenot Threads Festival starts on July 9th, celebrating the silk-weaving roots of Spitalfields with a week of tours, discussions and events. No. 31 will be opening its doors to the curious on the 12th, 15th and 17th of July; unveiling an archive of beautifully detailed Rouen silk velour patterns for the first time. These are original antique documents from the 1850s, and they’re available for purchase at £30-£40 each.

This exhibition runs parallel to Edward Firth’s solo show, which will continue throughout on the first floor.

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Volume 1 of Trevor Newton’s Australia travel diaries are published on Monday through Fournier Street Books. 24 pages of beautifully rendered watercolour sketches of the unseen Victorian architecture of little-visited corners of Australia, from ramshackle Outback pubs and train stations to verandahs and grain silos by a modern master of topographical art. Pick yours up at the link below or at the exhibition…

From the introduction:

"Over the past twenty years, I have travelled hundreds of thousands of kilometres around rural and Outback Australia, recording what I see in a series of illustrated travel journals. These now run to twelve volumes of text and around eight hundred sketches and drawings.

The following small selection of notes and sketches is taken from a journal kept during a three-month journey around New South Wales in 2002 . The entries reproduced here cover half of that journey, which took me south and west of Sydney, down the coast, and inland across the Great Dividing Range into the Riverina area.”

'While many of his contemporaries at Cambridge were Footlighting or Rowing, Trevor Newton seemed to spend much of his time drawing and painting. His specialities then were lavish invitations for May Week parties, illustrated menus for Club and Society dinners, posters and programmes for plays and concerts, along with a highly individual line in architectural fantasy drawn for its own sake and for the amusement of his friends. He managed to combine the frivolous and the Baroque in a curious and most engaging manner; Osbert Lancaster meets Tiepolo.

'Trevor is still drawing and painting as passionately as ever and though the content of his work may be more serious, in style and execution it still has all the youthful energy and verve which characterised it almost thirty years ago.'

Stephen Fry

-catalogue note for Trevor Newton’s annual London exhibition 2009.

Top: Trevi Fountain, 2006 - Mixed media on paper

Bottom: Hampton Court Palace, 2008 - Mixed media on paper

This enormous painting has stood in the hallway at Number 31 for years. Yesterday it was lifted into a van and returned to the artist after Rodney finally accepted it’s just too big for a 3-foot-wide hallway!

I’ve edged past this looming canvas a hundred times, but this is the first time I’ve been able to stand back and actually see it in its full glory. And vacuum behind it.