Muswell Hill Broadway under Snow, by Denis Higgins, 1993

The old Sainsbury shop can be seen in the picture above, on the right of the bus shelter. It was the white frontage which is catching the full sunlight and the reflection of the snow. Baine's Baptist Church at the top of Duke's Avenue, is seen in the centre.

Denis Higgins was a gifted etcher and engraver who probably illustrated Muswell Hill and local people more completely than anyone of his generation. Originally he was a Muswell Hill postman and lived for years in Grand Avenue, so he had seen the district in every mood, while his figures have all the charm of Ardizonne.

He studied etching at Hornsey College of Art evening classes and later exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, and at International Exhibitions in Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, Madrid (Bronze Medal) Naples and Paris (Silver Medal).

Denis Higgins taught etching at the Working Men's College, where he won the Dickinson Memorial Art Scholarship. His work can be seen in Hornsey and Islington Library Collections and the Post Office Chairman's Official Suite. Someone should arrange a retrospective exhibition of his work in Muswell Hill.


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