Margate Art

Below are some of the artists and creative people I have written about in my book ‘The Bullet Point Book of Margate Coast Art’. These people have either lived, worked or have a connection with Margate, and the near-by towns along the coast. As I say in the book, this is a first edition, and would like to populate it with more people and places for the 2nd, that make the Margate area so creative and special, let me know!

Charles Dickens Bleak (Fort) House

Bleak (Fort) House
Bleak-house-museum-Broadstairs Kent
Bleak-House-museum-Broadstairs Kent
Dickens wife Catherine.
Dickens wife Catherine.
Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens died in 1870 aged 58 Higham, Kent, England
Claude Martin, by Walter Sickert while living in St Peter’s-in-Thanet (Broadstairs
Claude Martin, by Walter Sickert while living in St Peter’s-in-Thanet (Broadstairs
Dickens Museum
Dickens House, now a museum in Broadstairs. The original owner was Miss Mary Pearson Strong, model for the character Betsey Trotwood aunt of David Copperfield.
Eliot's shelter margate
The shelter where TS Eliot wrote while in Margate. It overlooks Margate Sands and Nayland Rock, and has been given Grade II-listed status.
Gerardine Hemingway.
Gerardine Hemingway, from Hemmingway designs, who has been working on the re-boot of Dreamland.
Sir John Betjeman
Sir John Betjeman who wrote the poem Margate.
John Buchan
John Buchan wrote the Thirty Nine Steps.

Sir Edward Heath


Magnet Magazine written by ‘Charles Hamilton’

The Beatles at the Winter Gardens Margate

Beatles at the Winter Gardens Margate

Edward Heath

Sir Edward Heath from Broadstairs.


John Betjeman, Candida, her brother Paul, mother Penelope Betjeman, dog is called Peter Pudding. taken around 1948 at Farnborough

The Arlingto

The Arlington building near Margate station

Charles Hamilton

Charles Hamilton

John Buchan
John Buchan, was appointed governor-general of Canada, a post which he held until his death.
John Keats gravestone
John Keats grave in Italy where he died. According to John’s wishes, daisies were planted on the grave.
Keats, Severn and his son's headstone
Johns Keats friend Severn, traveled with him to Rome in the hope of John recovering from TB, however he sadly died while there. Severn is buried near to Keats and between them lies Severn’s son Arthur.
Turner Contemporary Gallery, built on the site where Turner would stay with his friend Mrs Booth.
The great Stephen Webster and Tracey Emin. Tracey said of Margate – ‘With a provincial town like Margate you might imagine it to have a very little sense of fashion, but it was amazing’.
Stevie Smith
Stevie Smith. At the age of five she contracted tubercular peritonitis, and was sent to a children’s convalescent home at Broadstairs
Stevie Smith, March 1966
Stevie Smith, March 1966
Stock-Aitken-and-Waterman. Mike stock was born in Margate.
Tracey and queen CBE
Tracey Emin was given a CBE for services to the arts at Buckingham Palace.
Tracey as Frieda, photo by Mary McCartney
A young Tom Eliot
Tom Eliot would come to Margate to write poetry, including The Wasteland.
Drawing of Turner, who loved the light and the sky of Margate.
Turner gallery
Turner Contemporary Gallery, designed by Sir David Chipperfield.
Turner_self portrait
Turner. Tracey Emin said -‘Turner would often use the Margate sunset whether it was Venice or wherever it was, and still put the Margate sunset in because it was obviously his favourite one’.
Van Gogh drawing of Ramsgate
Drawing by Vincent Van Gogh, when he worked and lived in Ramsgate. That view has not changed very much.
Van Gogh
Vincent’s house in Ramsgate. He worked as a Tutor at a boys school across the square from this house.
Vincent, teacher and painter.
Walter Sickert
Walter Sickert lived and worked in St Peter’s near Broadstairs. He would encounter the former PM Edward Heath who also lived there.
Wayne Hemmingway Margate
Wayne Hemmingway, bringing Dreamland back to life.

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