The Clerkenwell Post celebrates Clerkenwell’s design, heritage, craft and culinary delights. Based in London, they asked Haydn to produce a magazine illustration for their new issue.
This illustration responses to the story of ‘Grub Street’. An area located in Clerkenwell during the 19th Century. Grub Street was full of lowly paid writers and book publishers. Trying to keep their head above the water. Yet, amongst the poor, was a wealthy individual, nicknamed ‘Hermit of Grub Street’. Or his official title; Henry Welby.
Along with this wealth, Henry was an educated individual. But not all was well with Henry though, who secluded himself from public life. Remaining in his room for a staggering 44 years until his death. Eating only gruel, a unpleasant oatmeal substance during Winter, and salads during Summer. What a life to lead!
Its this loneliness that Haydn wanted to capture with the magazine illustration. You can see Henry sitting alone, reading, with piled books and gruel ready to eat. Or should we say ‘consume’. A very enjoyable magazine illustration to create!
If you liked this illustration, check this alternative illustration for The Clerkenwell Post. Illustrating a mesmerising map around London. Or discover Haydn’s other editorial illustration for Psyched 4 Sport magazine. Illustrating the importance of positive coaching to a young audience.