Sunday, 14 October 2012

The Best Art Books about London and the River Thames

I've recently created a new website - The Best Art Books about London and the River Thames - which was prompted by review of the book Spanning the Thames: The River and Surrounding from the Barrier to Teddington Lock - see Book Review: Spanning the Thames.

It made me ponder on how many good books there are about artists who have painted London and I decided to try and assemble them all in once place.

My new website comprises my recommendations about the best art books about London and the River Thames. You'll find it has three main sections:
  • Art Books about London - these are ones which focus on places in London - often places people are trying to get to
  • Art Books about the River Thames - the theme of painting at points up and down the River Thames is a popular one and many artists have developed this theme
  • Artists and London - some artists are very closely associated with painting London eg Canaletto and Monet to name but two
It includes books by a diverse set of artists past and present
  • Edward Bawden CBE, RA (1903 – 1989) was a British painter, illustrator and graphic artist. (This is a link to the Edward Bawden Archive
  • David Gentleman - a very popular artist who paints London in pen and ink and watercolour
  • various artists who have produced sketchbooks of London
  • Plus books about the paintings, drawings and fine art prints produced of places in London by artists from the past such as CanalettoMonetWhistler and Dore.  
It also includes a lot of artwork related to transport in London.  There has always been a very strong association between good graphic art and its use on the London Underground, in stations and on posters around the capital.

I've not yet finished adding books to this website but this seems like a good start.  I've got the Camden Town Group on my "to do" group and am happy for people to suggest other artists whose artwork about London and the Thames should also be on this website.

I am also planning a guide to the guide books about seeing art in London!

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