ENGLAND - David Gentleman's London - David Gentleman

David Gentleman's London is a portrait of two Londons. One, the familiar and majestic capital, the other a city less well-known and often taken for granted. Following the course of the Thames, Gentleman explores this splendid city in delightful detail—the beauty of its buildings, its many parks, and the villages and towns that form the Capital's outer rim. The traditional sights of London, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and St. Paul's, appear alongside many less familiar splendors, and often in powerful contrast to the new London that continues to develop around them.

To accompany his pen and watercolor drawings, the artist provides, as always, a lively and observant commentary. David Gentleman has memorably captured the city's blend of idiosyncratic detail and grand, monumental statement. Gentleman's series (Paris, India, Italy and, now, London) defy easy classification. While not specifically for the armchair traveler, the art student, or the coffee table, the volumes in his series are irresistible for all of the above.

In 320 charming pen and watercolor drawings that follow the Thames River from Thames Barrier to Richmond, Gentleman brings the reader into intimate contact with his city where he has lived and worked in the same Camden Town office since 1956. He imaginatively pairs the nave of St. Paul's with the cathedral-like Leadenhall Market, and the modern blocks of the new City with the headstones of Bunhill Fields, where cartloads of bones were brought from St. Paul's charnel-house in 1549.

David Gentleman's London is a beautiful record of London past and present and is a rich treasure for both travel and art collections.

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  • Condition: Vintage with minor front cover wear. Glued binding. Paper over boards
  • Edition: First Edition - Published 1985
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson / London
  • ISBN-13 978-0297785743
  • ISBN-10 0-297-78574-5
  • Pages: 192
  • Rating:★★★★ (See FAQs)
  • David Gentleman has produced books on Paris, India, and Italy, Gentleman now turns to London. His work is represented in Tate Britain, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum. He has worked in various media - watercolour, lithography, wood engraving - and at scales ranging from the platform-length murals for Charing Cross underground station in London to postage stamps and logos.

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