Leopardi’s Dream: the Engravings of Francis West

1 Jun 2017 – 30 Jun 2017

Event times

The exhibition is visible entirely from the street during daylight hours and lit until midnight

Cost of entry


Walthamstow Village Window Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Walthamstow Central, Victoria Line
  • Walthamstow Central stop, Chingford to Liverpool Street line

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Full of wondrous people, mythical creatures and performing animals Francis West's work is steeped in the knowledge of the great traditions of figurative art. An extraordinary draughtsman, whether painting, drawing or, as here, engraving, his work exudes an inimitable style of its own.


Francis West was born in 1936 in Fraserborough, a fishing community on the Moray Firth in Scotland, where he spent his formative years. Moving to London, after his National Service mostly spent in Malaysia, he studied at the Chelsea School of Art between 1957 and 1959. Francis’ grandfather, a fisherman and a Sunday painter, thought that art as a profession was no work for a man and his father, also a fisherman was of like mind but unable to influence Francis otherwise.
Francis’ career spanned over 40 years, from his first solo show in 1973, to his final collection of paintings, exhibited posthumously in 2016 by the Megan Piper Gallery; some of which were completed just before his untimely death in December 2015. He leaves an extraordinary body of work, which is a testament to his sustained daily commitment to drawing and painting.
His work is included in public collections, including the British Museum, Pallant House Gallery, Arts Council of Great Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as numerous private collections.

The window gallery is a street-facing-only exhibition space that is visible 24 hours a day, and lit until approx. midnight every day. It is close to cafes, bars, shops and restaurants that offer any refreshment you might need.

8 minute walk from Walthamstow Central (Zone 3, Victoria Line or Overground from Liverpool Street or Chingford) 15 minute walk from Wood Street station (Zone 4, Overground from Liverpool Street or Chingford)
When electrification works are completed on the GOBLIN Line (Feb 2017) we will be a 15 minute walk from Queens Road station (Zone 3, Overground from Gospel Oak to Barking Line, including Kentish Town, Crouch Hill, Blackhorse Road, Leytonstone High Road)

Parking in the area is FREE after 6.30pm and all day Sunday (except in loading/disabled bays etc). At other times 'permit holder only' restrictions are in place. Please note that the short shopping section of Orford Road is no entry to traffic (except buses) during the day (10am-10pm) when fines are in place.

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