Cigs, Cigars & Snuff! - J Redford's London
Old fashioned tobacconists - Royal Exchange, The City
Another stella example of Victoriana at its best. Located smack in the middle of ‘The City’ - cuban & such like cigars, pipes & snuff! In existence since 1841! Quite possibly the oldest tobacconist in London (??)
Thanks to my Ma K making me light her cigarettes for her in the days when you could smoke & drive (Hillman Imp, light blue...where did that come from??) - I’m not a smoker. Nor do I have a clue or an ounce of curiosity to know what taking snuff feels like. However, standing outside J.Redmond’s looking in, I was instantly transported to a place filled with the pungent, aromatic odour of pipes packed with ‘Condor roughcut’ ( where did that come from???...no idea who, probably when I was a young thing)...
Then, as if in a dream, the above vision morphed into scenes from Oliver (Twist) – where the ‘boohisshiss’ baddies would be ‘snuffing’ away as they schemed & planned their next dastardly misdeed.
so the big question is - who in this day & age still snuffs snuff??
London EC3/ ©2014
Re Mounted Prints
Please note that the size stated relates to the size of the mount not the image/print size:
28x20ins (70x50cms) mount with an 18x12ins (45x30cms) central image/print.
16x12ins (40x30cms) mount with a 9x6ins (22x15cms) central image/print.
The mount sizes are the same as the metric frame sizes you will go on to purchase for your mounted prints - be they standard shelf selections from high stores or custom made from your local art framer.