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London Sketchbook

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The best way of discovering London is on foot or from the top of a bus. No other large city is more rewarding to wander around, with a wealth of interesting things to see, both grand and intimate in scale. Watercolour painter Graham Byfield set out to capture the essence of the place, and his impressions are recorded in the "London Sketchbook".

Britain's capital is varied and cosmopolitan. It has no formally planned centre: each area has its own particular style and atmosphere. Central London is the setting for parliament, royal palaces, formal squares and grand hotels. The City is the financial district, but it is also rich in architecture, including Sir Christopher Wren's greatest work. Much was destroyed here in the Second World War; but the City has seen a flowering of daring and innovative modern architecture. For many people, including many Londoners, much that lies south of the River Thames is undiscovered territory, but the "London Sketchbook" shows not only the formal splendours of Greenwich, but also the terraced houses of Stockwell and Battersea, and the adaptation of great industrial buildings such as the Bankside Power Station, now the Tate Modern art gallery.

The sketches are accompanied by notes handwritten by the artist. There is an introduction on London, its history and its building by the architectural writer and conservationist Marcus Binney, who has also contributed a Gazetteer with more detailed information on the buildings shown in the book.

Hard Cover.


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