Tea Shop in the High Street, Colchester

Tea Shop in the High Street, Colchester

Walter Bayes was a founding, if minor, member of Walter Sickert's Camden Town group; fittingly, most of his contributions to Recording Britain are scenes of popular entertainment or public scenes where all levels of society mixed. The genteel setting of a provincial tea room is quite unusual in his oeuvre. His trademark crosshatching lends a liveliness to the scene, suggesting the buzz of polite conversation.