Grand Hotel

Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

Burned 1969

The Disappointed Tourist: Grand Hotel, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

The Grand Hotel in Cromer opened in 1891 and continued operations after de-requisition from World War II until 1969 when new owners changed its name to “The Albany.” It burned down that year and was replaced by the Albany Court apartments. The painting is based on an old uncredited photograph of this hotel which seems to have come from Pinterest.

I was very disappointed to read that a modern block of flats had replaced the Grand Hotel, Cromer, when I visited there in the summer. I didn’t know I was disappointed till I read that – but then I was! Such a shame it burned down. Meg H.