A mystery painting by artist Elwin Hawthorne, which has remained unidentified for years, has been recognised as being St Mary’s Church on Overton Drive.
The Twitter account @EastLondonGroup, which celebrates a group of 20th Century artists of the same name, has for a while been trying to identify one of Hawthorne’s pictures which was previously known as “untitled”.
Thanks to vigorous tweeting of the @MarysSave group which is trying to save St Mary’s from being closed for regular worship, the church was identified successfully.
Incredibly this view is almost achievable today if you stand from the edge of the now @wansteadgolf and @wansteadcc. Look closely to the right of St Mary’s and you can just see the grand stables of the original #WansteadHouse…now the golf club house.— Save St Mary’s, Wanstead (@MarysSave) January 19, 2019
The scaffolding which has been up at St Mary’s for several months is now being removed, restoring the views of the magnificent building, as seen in these pictures.
I understand that the top of the scaffolding is being removed today at St Mary’s to reveal the beautiful re-gilded clock and weather vane, see before and after pics @MarysSave #georgiangem #historypreserved #thomashardwick #wanstead @Wansteadium @heritagelottery @chelmsdio pic.twitter.com/PZWZgYeov3— James Paterson (@JamesPa62272608) January 18, 2019