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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)
16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.
16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)
16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.
16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)
16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.
16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.
16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn
Vortex Lewis lived here
Vortex founder painter Lewis lived here.
Location: 61 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington
Description: Canadian-born painter and writer Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) lived here between 1923 and 1926.
This was when he was best known for his linear portraits, and he collaborated with neighbour Ezra Pound after becoming disenchanted with mainstream art in London. With Ezra he founded the first British modernist movement, The Vortex.
They published a fierce critical art magazine called BLAST! It sent shockwaves through the artistic establishment in Bloomsbury, setting off a feud of sorts. He once claimed that Roger Fry and Clive Bell (Bloomsbury Group) were spying on him from the roof here.
He became prolific here I work incessantly, I am never in bed before 2, or often later. he wrote in a letter to T.S. Eliot from this house. Eliot called him the most fascinating personality of our time.