H. Glickman Ltd, Tottenham - Limited edition Giclee print
My latest painting is an Ironmongers in Tottenham, North London. The shop closed down a month before I started painting it and had only recently celebrated trading for 80 years back in 2012. I live within a one minute walk of this shop and had been wanting to paint it for a while before knowing of its imminent fate. Citing declining sales (due to a decrease in home ownership in the area, parking restrictions, and the proximity of a Screwfix store), increasing costs (especially business rates) and the owners age for the reasons it closed. I was saddened to see all the original signage and paintwork stripped within days. Luckily I had taken photos of it before it closed. I'm also glad that I made a purchase of some paint brushes and got served by Derek Lewis who had worked behind the till for over 50 years!