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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th February 1917 Born today: Phyllis Calvert, London, actress (Man in Grey)
18th February 1901 Born today: Reginald Sheffield, London England, actor (Second Chance)
18th February 1775 Born today: Thomas Girtin, London, artist/watercolorist
The Elephant Tavern
Ancient pub location and purported Hogarth haunt.
Location: 119 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 5BA
Description: This is pub survived the Great Fire and also claims a somewhat dubious association with baudy artist Hogarth. The artist is credited with once lodging under the Elephant's roof and with embellishing the walls of the tap-room with pictures in payment for a long overdue bill.
The subjects were said to have included the first study for the picture which afterwards became famous under the title of Modern Midnight Conversation, but treated in a much broader manner than is shown in the well-known print. When the building was pulled down in 1826 a heated controversy arose concerning these Hogarth pictures, which were removed from the walls and exhibited in a Pall Mall gallery. The verdict of experts was given against their being the work of the master for whom they were claimed.