Fireplace at The George, Colchester

Fireplace at The George, Colchester

The George, a sixteenth-century coaching inn located in what is now Colchester's High Street, has been a genteel hotel since the nineteenth century. Walter Bayes, a founding member of the Camden Town group, depicted all levels of Colchester society in nine watercolours for the Recording Britain scheme in 1940. Here, in what verges on parody, his flair for social observation is apparent in his depiction of the slightly exaggerated animation of the guests chatting politely around the hotel's Tudor fireplace.