London, backside of a series of houses, just behind Westminster Abbey. Look at the elaborate plumbing!
Wonderful sketch, Rene! Great details.
Agree with Rob. Great observation. This sort of plumbing is frowned up in new buildings. When these were built, probably before WW2, waste water, from sinks and baths, was joined into the rainwater downpipes.(The small angled pipes). If the weather got very cold they could freeze and increase the danger of floods inside the building. I recall having to un-freeze my late father-in-law’s system which was built like this. The open ended pipes, at the roof line, allow the water to flow downwards by relieving back pressure. In VERY old properties this also acted as an escape route for gasses from toilets. These days, thankfully, most plumbing is built inside. Again, fantastic observation and so well drawn.
Trebor, thanks for the explanation, and the lovely story.
excellent sketch, love the plumbing!
Wonderful painting, used to live in Chelsea Barracks not far away and I think I know the buildings you mean, very well done, wish I could produce something as good as this. If you want a good subject, try going up toward Warrick Way, there are very good shops and a little market near the junction with Vauxhall Bridge Road.
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