The Man Who Drew London -

The Man Who Drew London

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Gillian Tindall's books take little-known characters and - through imaginative reconstruction - make their life stories stand for 'big' events in history. Hollar stands for the English Civil War, the exile of Charles II, the Restoration, the Plague and the Fire - and the expansion of London into Covent Garden and the meadows of Islington. Born in Prague, Hollar was the artist/engraver who drew London before and after the Great Fire of 1666. It is because of his panoramas that we know (for e.g.) what Old St Paul's was like, before it was completely destroyed and subsequently rebuilt by Wren. As a young engraver making a precarious living wandering round Europe during the 30 Years War, he was picked up by a colourful English figure: Lord Arundel who had a passion for art, beautiful things and collecting. Arundel gave him employment and brought him back to London, where Hollar made a name for himself with his fashion plates, maps and panoramas. During the Civil War, Hollar was in exile with the royalists in Antwerp. He returned to England ahead of Charles II, and continued to make his unique and invaluable record of the period of the Restoration - and of London during a time of catastrophe and change.

Product code: 9780712667579

ISBN 9780712667579
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H216xW153xS18
No. Of Pages 256
Publisher Vintage
Yet its populous river, its timbered streets, fashionable ladies, old St Paul's, the devestation of the Fire, the palace of Whitehall and the meadows of Islington live on for us in his etchings.

Drawing on numerous sources, Gillian Tindall creates a montage of Hollar's life and times and of the illustrious lives that touched his.