The Butler's Head, Telegraph Street

The Butler's Head, Telegraph Street



REX VICAT COLE(1870-1940)

The Butler’s Head

Signed l.l.Oil on panel

30 by 22.5 cm., 11 by 9 in.(frame size 41 by 33.5 cm., 16 by 13 in.)

The Butler’s Head pub in Telegraph Street Moorgate. It is now a gentleman’s barbers. Reginald (Rex) Vicat Cole was the son of the artist George Vicat Cole. He began to exhibit in London in the 1890s and was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1900. He taught at King’s College London with Byam Shaw and together they opened their own establishment, the Byam Shaw and Vicat Cole School of Art in Camden Street, Kensington in 191 At the outbreak of the First World War Vicat Cole and Byam Shaw enlisted in the Artists Rifles, although Shaw soon transferred to the Special Constabulary. After Shaw’s death in 1919 Vicat Cole was Principal until his retirement in 1926. Known for his landscapes and paintings of trees he also had a keen interest in depicting the streets of London. He held a one-man show “London Old and New” at Robert Dunthorne’s Gallery, Vigo Street, London, in 1935 and planned a book The Streets of London which was never published. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and elsewhere.


Height 30 cm / 12"
Width 22.5 cm / 9"
Framed height 41 cm / 16 14"
Framed width 33.5 cm / 13 "