Friday, April 18, 2014

Scarfe's Bar

From The Spectator.

Cartoonists and alcohol are often linked, and now one of the UK’s best known political cartoonists, Gerald Scarfe, has a bar named after him at the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn, London. 
Cartoonist Scarfe has spent the last four months decorating the bar at the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn.

‘If the Prince of Wales can have a pub named after him, why shouldn’t I have a bar?’ says Scarfe, who treated me to a whistle-stop tour of his work. ‘There won’t be enough time to paint Maria Miller [before she goes],’ he joked.
The walls did, however, present a small connection to the beleaguered Culture Secretary. Scarfe proudly showed me a framed copy of his Sunday Times cartoon that depicted Greece and Spain being breastfed by Angela Merkel. He boasted: ‘Mary McLeod, who works for Miller, was one of the five MPs to write to me complaining about this!’ The militant lactivists – who are on Rod Liddle’s case after his latest article for the magazine – won’t like that one. 

Illustrations of famous British figures, from Margaret Thatcher to David Beckham and The Beatles, will be on display whilst bar-goers sip their drinks.

He said: "It's fantastic to have your own bar, I've turned the whole place into an art gallery".

The Telegraph has a video in which the cartoonist talks about the drawings on the walls.

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