A Fire in London

Image credit: Ryde Fire Station

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The painting by George William Home Rosenberg is one of the most important works owned by the Fire Service in this country. It depicts a family in the late 19th century being called away from the Opera because a fire had broken out at their home in London’s Piccadilly. The scene shows the parents receiving their children who have been rescued by the Fire Brigade. The painting was presented to the Ryde Fire Brigade by George Henry Harrison in August 1925, a former Chief Fire Officer from Kingston-upon-Thames who retired to the Isle of Wight and stipulated that it should hang in Ryde's Fire Station.

Ryde Fire Station



A Fire in London


oil on canvas


H 144 x W 177.5 cm (E)

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Acquisition method

gift from George H. Harrison, JP, 1925

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W. C. H. Rosenberg


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