Mural of the Month! The London Terrace

This month, we travel into deepest, darkest north London. Well, off Seven Sisters Road which for us South Londoners feels a long way to go! Located on the junction of Salterton road and Windsor Road is a trompe l’oiel style mural painted in 1985. The gable wall of the mid Victorian house is painted with a fake facade which mimics the architectural style of the building.

Through each of the windows,something different can be seen – a vase, some clouds, a cat and someone peeking out!

As the viewer gets to the edge of the image they realise that even the bricks aren’t real!

It seems there might have been a bit of a trend for this type of mural at time. Ken White did a large trompe l’oeil in Covent Garden in 1982. This image is from his website – click the picture to see his other work!

Gabriels Wharf, near Waterloo, still shows the remains of a row of painted house facades, also painted at some point in the 1980s. It is a visual trick which most people enjoy. Go and see if you can find anymore!


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The London Mural Preservation Society aims to bring murals created over the last 40 years back into the attention of the people of London and out further afield into the rest of the UK and the world.
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