News: Patrick Procktor mural at Langan’s Brasserie, London
Earlier this year, Alessandro Raho alerted me to the news that the management of Langan’s Brasserie in London has decided to remove and sell Patrick Procktor’s renowned Venice mural, currently housed in the upstairs dining room of the restaurant. Painted in situ, the mural is one of Procktor’s most important works. The management has other plans for the space and the sale is to be handled by Christie's auction house.
Alessandro Raho is amongst a number of artists who have expressed their concern about the future of the mural. It would be a great shame if it were broken up and sold as separate artworks. Brian Sewell, a friend of both Langan and Procktor, has suggested that the Tate might purchase the work.
Gareth Harris of The Art Newspaper has reported on the story in the July/August issue. His report reads:
Thirty-five years ago, Patrick Procktor painted the walls of the upstairs room at Langan's Brasserie in London with views of Venice. But just before his death in 1988, the entrepreneur Peter Langan varnished over part of the Italian murals in a drunken rage. The newly restored murals were unveiled last year but now we hear that the sweeping view of La Serenissimia is to be sold at Christie's, a move which has enflamed the London-based artist Alessandro Raho. “I heard that the murals had been restored a while ago, and so was looking forward to seeing them. I was taken upstairs by an enthusiastic member of staff and while looking in the room was told that it was a shame they were selling the pictures off,” he says. “It's a special piece of London art history and for it to be carved up like this seems such a shame.” A spokesman for Langan's confirmed that the sale is indeed set to go ahead.
Picture: © The Art Newspaper