The Blue Anchor is one of the oldest pubs in Hammersmith. This iconic riverside pub is steeped in history. George 1st was King of England and Louis XV was on the Throne of France when The Blue Anchor was first granted its licence. However, records show The ‘Blew Anchor’ had been selling beer for many decades before that…
In the original village of Hammer Smith this pub was first mentioned in 1294. It was built along the foreshore on either side of Hamersmythstrete, now known as Queen Caroline Street, just under the bridge. The Blue Anchor is one of the great London pubs. First licensed as a pub in 1722 and still going strong almost 300 years later. As you sit on the banks of the River Thames, it’s not hard to imagine a Georgian gentleman sipping on a tankard of ale and watching the eddies of the river flowing into the bustle of central.
If you have the feeling that you may have seen the Blue Anchor before, you may well recognise the pub from 1998 classic movie, Sliding Doors staring Gwyneth Paltrow. The Blue Anchor is also a famously popular spot to watch The Boat Race with the perfect riverside view.
The artist – Rod Pearce
Rod Pearce is highly acclaimed British artist. Rod was born in 1942 and lives in London. He takes a great deal of inspiration for his work from his travels and city surroundings. The Thames, a local common or well-known Venetian setting are subjects he might explore in his discovery of atmosphere and light. Each work is a self-portrait of the artist in which he allows the viewer the opportunity to share with him a moment of discovery.
Rod graduated from Chelsea Art School in 1964 and worked as an illustrator before turning professional in 1989. His ability to fuse the subject in oil or watercolour has gained him a reputation, which has been recognised by a number of prominent London galleries. He exhibited at the NEAC in November 2000. Rod Pearce was commissioned by Cunard to produce three large works for the Queen Mary 2. This created a lot of media interest and his paintings appeared on BBC1 News, Channel 4 News and BBC Southtoday. Rod’s paintings hang in many private and corporate collections including Barclays Bank, Michael Else and Co Ltd and Cunard.
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