Esoteric London

No. 317: Saunders Ness Road, E14

Posted in Public Art, The Thames by esotericlondon on May 17, 2011

St Luke’s CE Primary School, Saunders Ness Road, Cubitt Town, Isle of Dogs, London, E14. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

William Kempster, (1914–1976) was a painter, mural artist, print-maker and illustrator. He studied at the Wimbledon School of Art and later at the Royal College of Art. Kempster’s career was mainly exhibition work, and he undertook mural and poster commissions for, among others, the Central Office of Information and the Festival of Britain, illustrating aspects of British life and work.

One of his murals adorned the entrance of Terminal One at Heathrow when it first opened but as far as I can ascertain, it is no long there. In fact the only example of his mural work I can find is the one photographed above which is in St Luke’s CE Primary School on the Isle of Dogs. Executed in 1952 it shows the docks as children attending the school at the time would have known them. R.D.