After Robin’s Thursday class, which convened at the Westminster Archives, Parliament, and Lambeth Palace Library (official London residence for the Archbishop of Cantebury since the 13th century and holds the records for the Church of England), we met at one of my favorite pubs, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese (rebuilt in 1667 and famous for it’s gloomy charm). I haven’t had a chance to enjoy gloom like this in over a year, so it was nice to get back in the gloomy groove for an afternoon.
I got to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese about 3 pm, went to the cellar, ordered a stout ale (a departure from the usual cider), and did a rough sketch of a group of people at a nearby table. When Robin got there at 5:30 we ordered ciders and pub food and relaxed in the gloom for a while.
|Fleet Street (historic center of the printing industry in London) is just through the little snicker ahead.|
|A sign that gloomy cheer is imminent.|
|Hodge keeps an eye on Johnson’s house at the other end of Gough Square. What a great house. Four floors. Steeeep stairs. Last year Robin & Lynn (our friend from Oxford) and I attended a play by David Garrick on the fourth floor of his house.|
|Waiting for Robin Thursday afternoon in Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. Not a great drawing, but hey, it’s not easy drawing in this kind of gloom while drinking a stout ale.|