The Town Quay, c1901
after 1956 – before 1973
Colour photograph of a watercolour painting of the Town Quay, Barking. Copied from a photograph taken in 1901.
View of the Town Quay looking diagonally across to the granary buildings. Five boats are visible in the picture, behind which the fishermans cottages and granary are visible. Many people are milling about on the quayside. The tower of St. Margaret's Church is just visible over the roofs of the houses on the right.
whole length: 510mm
Inscription Typed On reverse: This copy of a painting of the Mill Pool, Barking, Essex from a / photograph taken in 1901 looking towards St. Margarets Church from / Fresh Wharf is by - / RAYMOND RICHARD BOOTH, F.R.I.B.A. / Born 5th September 1912 / Died 7th August 1973 / A.R.I.B.A. - 14.12.1943 / F.R.I.B.A. - 10.4.1956 / Partner in Yates, Cook & Darbyshire from 1946 until he retired / through ill-health in 1967. / Mr. Booth exhibited in The Royal Academy in 1939, in the / Architectural Section, drawings and sketches of cottages which / were to be built in Blackpool. These cottages were for the use / of Veterans of the Great War in appreciation of Mr. Chamberlain's / afforts for peace at the Munich Conference. / Amongst the buildings M. Booth designed were Borax House, / Carlisle Place S.W.1, The Confederation of British Industry / Building in Tothill Street, Quantas Airways Ltd. London, Hythe House, / Hammersmith and grandstands etc. at Wetherby, Redcar and York. / When Mr. Booth retired he began painting. He suffered / from miltiple [sic] sclerosis for nearly 29 years and for the last / five years of his life he was paralysed from the waist so these / years were spent in a wheelchair. His hands were also completely / numb but such was his determination that he painted four beautiful / pictures, full of detail. How he did it we don't know - he often / dropped the brush from the paint to the board. The pictures he / painted in acrylic paint mixed with water and for the effect of / working on canvas he used the rough side of hardboard - it was / like painting of Weetabix he said but, as you can see, the results / were marvellous.