Original lithograph printed on cream wove paper.
‘An oyster bar, like White’s in the Strand, is a restaurant which sells only one kind of food. You go there before lunch or dinner, have your plate of oysters, and go on somewhere else for the rest of your meal.’
This lithograph is one of twenty-four different designs Ravilious completed for the series ‘High Street’. The lithographs were drawn by the artist and printed at the Curwen Press and then published by Country Life Ltd. in 1938.
Ravilious began work on his ‘High Street’ lithographs in 1935 following a suggestion from Helen Binyon that he do an alphabet of shops. He deliberately sought out odd shops with special and often Victorian visual appeal as inspiration for these prints. The New Statesman wrote that the designs were ‘so gay and vivid…that they surprise the reader like the shops themselves when they light up on a foggy morning’.