London

London

by John Russell
     
 

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John Russell's memoir of London goes back to before the great fire of 1666, when the modern city was formed. It looks inside St. Paul's Cathedral, under Wren's great dome, and into Westminster Abbey, where the author spent many midnight hours on fire-fighting duty during World War II and came to know the monuments lining the walls as well as he knew the furniture in… See more details below

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John Russell's memoir of London goes back to before the great fire of 1666, when the modern city was formed. It looks inside St. Paul's Cathedral, under Wren's great dome, and into Westminster Abbey, where the author spent many midnight hours on fire-fighting duty during World War II and came to know the monuments lining the walls as well as he knew the furniture in his own living room. It offers a privileged peek inside Buckingham Palace as well as a leisurely stroll through John Nash's Regent's Park. It lives through great days in the House of Commons, eavesdrops at Lady Holland's soirees, and applauds a new Pinter play. Selected by the author, a gallery of the city's finest recorders illustrates the text, from Canaletto and Zoffany to Rowlandson and Hogarth. Here are Gainsborough and Reynolds, Turner and Monet, Walter Sickert and Lucian Freud, John Thomson and Bill Brandt. Nearly two hundred paintings, drawings, watercolors, architectural renderings, photographs, cartoons, and more serve as visual foils to Mr. Russell's verbal recollections.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Art critic Russell present a lavishly illustrated history of London. (Dec.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
A reminiscence of times experienced and histories explored, this offering is a very personal look at a city of infinite attractions that has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of natives and visitors alike. Russell, an eminent writer on the arts for over 50 years, brings to life, through anecdote, illustrations, and memoir, the city of London from its re-creation after the Great Fire of 1660 through the great fires of World War II and up to the present. He takes us into the world of Wren and Constable, Boswell and Handel, Shaw and Olivier, and Lucian Freud and R.B. Kitaj in this love letter to what is less a geographic concept than a state of mind and memory. Recommended both for Anglophiles and everyone else waiting to be convinced.-Paula Frosch. Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810981966
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.13(w) x 11.96(h) x 1.00(d)

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