They Also Serve


  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Size: 40.5 x 55 cm
  • Date: 29 October, 2012


This is the interior of the Deliche, a cafe just down the road from where we live. We would go there virtually every morning before I went to the studio, I chose this view of the waitress looking towards the front door of the cafe because that moment I was reminded of the last line of John Milton’s poem “On His Blindness” which reads ‘They also serve who only stand and wait’.

As it happens the couple who are sitting in the foreground, writing and calculating, later saw the painting hanging in an exhibition and bought it.