Platt, Richard: The George and Vulture Chop House


A creatively composed three colour lithograph by this underappreciated artist and printmaker, hard to find, newly framed. This superb artist’s proof is signed and inscribed on the rear by the artist’s widow Diane Platt.

The George and Vulture is a well-known chop house restaurant just off Lombard Street in the City of London. It’s a Grade II listed building dating back to the early 18th century, there’s been an inn on the site since 1142. Charles Dickens frequently drank there and it’s mentioned at least 20 times in his novel ‘The Pickwick Papers’.

Artist: Richard Swaby Platt, (1928-2013)

Title and date: The George and Vulture Chop House, c.1954

Size: 43.0 x 56.0 cms.


Artist description:

Richard Platt was born in London in 1928, the son of J.G Platt who was a printmaker and later the principal of Hornsey School of Art. He followed in his father’s footsteps and studied at the Royal College of Art (1950-1953) under Robert Austin. After leaving college he exhibited at the Royal Academy (1949–1958), at the New English Art Club, with the London Group and at The Wilton Gallery. He had a one-man show at the Leicester Galleries in 1956 and exhibited in the British Art 1900-1955′ show. From his pen and ink drawings he produced wonderful lithographs of people at work or play, he later moved towards abstraction.

In the early 1960s he moved to Cornwall where he followed his other passion of music and had a very sucessful career as a musicologist specialising in 18th century English music. He lived and worked in Falmouth. His work is held in many public collections.