The Café (Café Conte, London)

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An everyday scene of a crowded small café, viewed from the interior, looking down the café counter towards a window. A woman in overalls stands behind the counter wiping crockery. In the foreground, two customers stand in front of the counter, a man with a cup of tea, another reading a newspaper. There is a glass cabinet on top of the counter containing cakes. More customers can be seen in the background through the archway and out of the window, a street is just visible. The figures depicted are: (from left) the cafe proprietor's daughter, Geoffrey Tibble (seen through counter case), Victor Pasmore, Claude Rogers, Igor Anrep, and William Coldstream.

Manchester Art Gallery



The Café (Café Conte, London)




oil on canvas


H 121.9 x W 91.7 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from the Contemporary Art Society, 1944

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Inscription description

artist's inscription : : b, towards r : artist's name : G Bell artist's inscription : painted in oils : on window of cafe : cafe name and advertising : BAR CONTE / CAFE AT TABLES 2D / CHOCOLATE 4D


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