A depiction of Cheapside in the morning with the St Mary Le Bow church, rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666, on the left of the painting. The reflection of this scene is seen in the shop windows of a shoe shop. Cheapside is the historic and modern financial centre of London, where many retail shops and offices are located. Howard uses an earthy range of colours, and light to give different view on the street. As the artist explains on his website: ‘For me painting is about three things. It is about revelation, communication and celebration. By revelation I mean giving people a way of seeing, revealing the world around them in a way they have never seen before, opening their eyes […] it is through light that I want to celebrate my world’.
Ken Howard studied at the Hornsey School of Art from 1949 to 1953 and a few years later at the Royal College of Art until 1958. During the painting of this artwork, he was already a member of the New English Art Club (1962) and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (1966). He has exhibited at the Imperial War Museum, the Sheffield Art Gallery and many other institutions.