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London Sketchbook: A City Observed Hardcover – November 1, 2002


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"London may have lost its position as the world's most populous city," writes Binney, "but today it can lay a new claim, to be as diverse and cosmopolitan as any city on earth, perhaps more so." So begins this pretty book of watercolors that will enchant Anglophiles and initiate those unfamiliar with the city's charms. Along with renditions of the major buildings, Byfield (Singapore Sketchbook) recreates less famous structures-power stations, pubs, warehouses and even escalators in underground stations-to give a sense of London's varied faces. Detailed depictions of elements such as doorways, signs, tile work and rooflines shed light on many subtler design influences in the city's architecture. Binney, who founded the organization Save Britain's Heritage, provides a pithy overview of the entire city and of its various neighborhoods; additionally, his notes, penciled alongside each illustration, offer specific information on the structure or element. The volume is large and elegant, and the carefully chosen views and detailed notes give it the feel of a collected set of painted postcards.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Graham Byfield is a full-time artist with his own gallery in Menorca, Spain.

Marcus Binney is the founder and president of Save Britain's Heritage and the architectural correspondent at The Times; he received the OBE in 1983 and the London Conservation Medal in 1985.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312308213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312308216
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.8 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,462,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Bookaholic on October 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful work of art for anyone who loves to look outside the well known sites of London, although that is there as well. I thorougly enjoy picking it up and having a read about the various sections and looking at the illustrations that will remind you of your time there or desire to go. The layout and illustrations brings to mind what a Grand Tour participant would have created upon visiting a new city.
Wonderful, just wonderful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Graham Byfield's watercolor impressions of the city of London beautifully captures the spirit of the city, be it Central London, the East End, West London, North London, or South of the River. The watercolors are sumptuous to look at [the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St James' Palace, Berkeley Square] - each is a work of beauty and paints a vivid picture in one's mind. The notes accompanying the watercolors provide us with more information on the buildings and make for interesting reading. All in all, a wonderful collection of watercolors about London, and a must-have for collectors.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Banks on December 14, 2006
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the quality of the book is one of the best features to me. It is a very heavy paper stock and really helps carry the sketchbook feel, along with the little hand written notes on the sides. overall a great book for anyone who loves london.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Russell L. Wood on September 9, 2006
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We love London, and this sketchbook reminds us of our past trips. The text by Marcus Binney also supports the sketches. Although they are only considered sketches, I love the artwork. I am now getting other sketchbooks by Graham Byfield, and by the publisher, St. Martins Press.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zhuyuanbao on August 30, 2012
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I bought it for my friend and didn't look at it for manner. But I'm worried about the quality of this book.
And I was surprised that my friend called me at that night and spoke to me excitedly about how wonderful the book is! She said that this is amazing!
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