Banksy comes to De Beauvoir? Mystery over street art opposite popular pub

But could his latest artwork be right under our noses – in Hackney’s De Beauvoir neighbourhood?

One Hackney Gazette reader thinks he might have identified the elusive graffiti artist’s signature style in a black stencilled silhouette that appeared in Southgate Road on January 25.

At the junction with Southgate Road, diagonally opposite popular boozer The De Beauvoir Arms, the image appears to show a “glamourous 1920s woman” smoking at a bricked-up window next to a red phone box.  

Hackney Gazette: How the white wall in Southgate Road looked before the artworkHow the white wall in Southgate Road looked before the artwork (Image: Google)

The century-old K2 phone box, one of around 500 still remaining nationwide, was granted Grade-II listed status by English Heritage in 1987.

The woman in the image appears as if she has stepped out of the phone box for a cigarette, holding the receiver in her left hand and a cigarette holder in her right.

Unfortunately, we may never know who created the piece. This paper asked Banksy’s office, Pest Control, to confirm whether he was behind the artwork, but they never responded.

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