Thursday, February 02, 2012

Cornish Cream Tea at the Wallace Restaurant

Cornish Cream Tea at the Wallace Restaurant, Wallace Collection
11" x 16", pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils in Moleskine Sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
Last Friday I was totally clueless. I trotted off to meet up with the Drawing London Group without checking the location, taking the print-out of the email or taking my mobile with me!

Which is how come I came to draw paintings of Venice by Bonington and Canaletto in the Wallace Collection (to follow in the next post) - while everybody else was sketching at the Museum of London.


Anyway, I had a great time followed by a visit to the Wallace Restaurant (run by the omnipresent Peyton & Byrne) for a very late lunch which turned into a Cornish Cream Tea instead as they'd run out of the dish I wanted for lunch.

I'll get verbally shot if "he who must not be bored while I sketch" sees this!  Cream teas are banned - we're both on a diet!

The details are:
  • on the left finger sandwiches with the crusts cut off (naturally!) - egg mayonnaise, tomato and cucumber, ham and smoked salmon
  • a very nice scone and Cornish clotted cream and preserves (very nice!)
  • Jasmine tea
As always I got some funny looks from the waiters while drawing this before eating.  I then progressively ate my way through it very slowly while getting the colours right.

It's a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon sketching........


  1. You got a lovely sketch out of it, at any rate! Sorry about the mixup though, sounds like something I might do...

  2. A perfect mistake. Hope you didn't get caught out with the cream tea.

  3. I hate to think that if you had taken your e-mail or mobile with you we may not have got to see this wonderful sketch. :)

  4. This sketch is really beautiful. I just love it.

  5. so so interesting, absolutely love your take on things Katherine,maybe you could consider being a food writer/critic, I find myself wanting to try everything you portray and describe !!

  6. Pleeeeeeeease can somebody ask me to be a food critics who does sketches!

  7. Katherine - I was lucky enough to participate in a Draw London group last fall with Marcia Teusink, I'm wondering if it's the same group? I am back in the states now, missing sketching in London very much, so your sketches (and the memories of tea) are such a treat! Thanks!

  8. That's not a name I know - so not our Draw London group.

    Glad you like the cream tea.

    I am of course contemplating developing a series come the summer...... ;)


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