Original painting Ancient Signs by Cathy Read.
About the image:
Walking down Lombard Street in London, the historic business signs stand out.
The ancient signs are a throwback to times when literacy was the province of the elite.
Towering above is the new office tower of 20 Fenchurch Street, dubbed
the Walkie Talkie, due to its distinctive shape. This is the Walkie
Talkie Building as seen from Lombard Street. (I’ve also painted the
Golden Locust trade sign also on the same street.)
These ancient signs were created in the days when reading was a rare skill, and images were
the traditional method for advertising a company. I took several
photographs at the time and managed to find a position where these
signs were visible with the Walkie Talkie Building in the background.
I love the way the curve of the building makes it seem to peer over
to say “Hi” and the mix of ancient and contemporary in the