Sunday, December 08, 2013

1920s style at Peter Robinson's on Oxford Street

Peter Robinsons was "the best equipped Drapery House in Great Britain" according to the blurb inside these unpromising buff card covers. The building it occupied by 1924 took up the whole of the plot bounded by Regent Street, Oxford Street, Great Portland Street and Great Castle Street, and is still there today although split into smaller units for brands such as Nike, Miss Selfridge and Topshop. But in its day... oh what glamour. Most of the booklet is taken up with reproductions of the artwork on the ceiling of the West Room of the restaurant but there are also these scrummy pictures of the West and North rooms of the restaurant: the fact that its rooms were named for points of the compass perhaps gives an idea of the scale of the whole thing.


Anonymous said...

Some fragments of the glamorous rooms remain but are not visible to the public, as these are now service areas for the shops or are offices.

The paintings on the barrel vaulted ceiling are still there.

The paintings appear to be by George Murray (name included in print in the paintings) and are titled with names of operas (going round the room from Oxford Circus corner): Carmen, Cavalleria Rustica, Pagliac, Unnamed (may be part of the next one), Rigiletto, Lohengren.

The building suffered bomb damage during WW2 and therefore the current paintings may not be the 1920's originals, and do appear to have been cleaned/restored.

Anonymous said...

Modern day photo from the same vantage point as the souvenir booklet

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