Algar, Pat: The Arch Cafe


An atmospheric oil on board capturing an everyday street scene – almost certainly in London’s East End – at the end of the 1950s, framed.

Artist: Pat Algar, (1939-2013)

Title and date: The Arch Café, 1957

Size: 56.0 x 78.7 cms.


Artist description:

Pat Algar was born in London and studied at Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal Academy in the 1960s where she was regarded as one of the most promising students of her generation. She married and moved to West Cornwall in 1964 where she lived and worked for the rest of her life. She moved to St Ives in 1976 and spent her last 20 years in Marazion. Algar painted continually throughout this time and her work is represented in numerous private collections as well as the public collections at Penlee House and Museum in Penzance and the Falmouth Art Gallery. From 1994 to 1996, she worked in the United States, exhibiting in San Diego, California and Dallas, Texas.