This book is an absorbing view of life on the streets of London and a visual feast full of humour, beauty and historical interest.
Mesmerizing, exhilarating and awe-inspiring, London has provided a rich subject for the many artists, satirists, map-makers and engravers who have tried to make a lasting record of their impressions of the city. Representations of London are fascinatingly diverse, presenting a lively and thought-provoking body of work that lets us see London as it has been experienced by its inhabitants through the ages.
London: A View from the Streets brings together and interprets vivid images of the changing faces of London, featuring never-before-seen works from the rich collection of the British Museum. A broad range of pieces from artists including Canaletto, Hogarth, Cruikshank, Whistler and George Scharf are all engagingly explored by Anna Maude, herself an expert on prints and drawings of London.
With chapters themed around the most exciting aspects of London life, including Celebration, Pleasure and Crime and Punishment, each section presents a series of connected images that brings the unique history of London into focus.
About the author
Anna Maude has spent the past three years researching and cataloguing the Museum's extensive material on the topography of London.