A councillor with a penchant for fine art has donated an 18th century painting of Sutton to the council.

Conservative Councillor Peter Geiringer has given a painting showing The Cock pub, which used to stand in the town centre, to Sutton Council after coming across it at an auction.

The painting will hang on the wall of the Mayor's Parlour at the council's Civic Offices in St Nicholas Way.

Coun Geiringer donated the picture at Monday's full council meeting. he said: "I've been a councillor for over 33 years and during that time I have had an equal interest in art.

"I've collected paintings for many years and always wanted to find something particular to Sutton. I went to an auction and there was a picture I had been looking for for some time."

The painting shows the Cock pub which stood where the sign of the Cock is at the crossroads of the High Street and Carshalton Road.

Coun Geiringer said Rowlandson, known for his satirical drawings, painted the poor children on ponies in the foreground to contrast against the usual rich clientèle of the upmarket pub.