Malvina Cheek (1915 - )

On display

Hampstead Heath Station and Magdala Tavern (1949)

In 1860, Hampstead Heath Rail Station (seen in the foreground) opened on the Broad Street Line (now the North London Line on the London Overground network), enabling crowds of daytrippers to travel to Hampstead from East London. The station was badly damaged during the Second World War, as demonstrated by this painting, which was completed just a few years after the conflict ended.

In 1955, six years after this painting was made, Ruth Ellis shot and killed her lover, David Blakely, outside the Magdala Tavern (seen in the background). She gave herself in to the police and was hanged shortly after at Holloway Prison. Ellis was the last woman to be executed in Britain.