The Man Who Drew London
Wenceslaus Hollar in Reality and Imagination
By (author) Gillian Tindall
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Man Who Drew London by Gillian Tindall
Book DescriptionThe seventeenth-century London Wenceslaus Hollar knew is now largely destroyed or buried. 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. It is a carefully researched factual account, but she has also employed her novelist's skill to form an intricate whole - a life's texture which is also an absorbing and occasionally tragic story.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780712667579
(210mm x 154mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gillian Tindall
Tunnel Through Time, Hardback (September 2016)
Visiting Stepney, Liverpool Street, Farringdon, Tottenham Court Road (alias St-Giles-in-the-Fields) and the route along Oxford Street (alias the Way to Oxford and also Tyburn), this book traces the course of many of these historical journeys across time as well as space.
Three Houses, Many Lives, Paperback (June 2013)
From Eugenia Stanhope who sold Lord Chesterfield's scandalous letters, to the autocratic vicar who held the same parish from age 28 to 82, from the just-literate wife of a parish clerk who wrote riddles in his registers, to the cow-keeper who farmed 226 acres in Hornsey till he sold them profitably when the railways came through.
Fields Beneath, Paperback (February 2011)
A journey through time: from a scattering of cottages along a pre-roman horse track, to a medieval parish and staging post for travellers, onwards into a prosperous Tudor village favoured by gentlemen for their country seats and an 18th century resort of pleasure gardens eventually transformed by a warren of railway lines.
Countries of the Mind, Paperback (March 2010)» View all books by Gillian Tindall
A study that explores the way the great themes of English and French fiction in the past two centuries have been expressed through writers' sense of place. It offers of two complementary cultures, and asks us to take a fresh look at the way in which writers map out and inhabit their own particular countries of the mind.
UK Kirkus Review » Wenceslaus who, you may ask? Yet it is largely thanks to Hollar that we know anything of what London looked like in the 17th century, before the Great Fire, for it was he who produced the etchings of Old Saint Paul's, the palace of Whitehall and the meadows (!) of Islington, old London Bridge crowded with timbered houses, the populous Thames flowing beneath, and of course his famous panorama of the city, seen from an imaginary high point on the South Bank. Yet the artist who preserved his adopted city in such enchanting detail left few traces of his own life. We know that he left his native Prague in the midst of the Thirty Years War, and sought refuge in an England on the brink of its own civil war (a war Hollar avoided by removing himself to the Low Countries, returning only after the execution of King Charles). For the rest, Gillian Tindall, acclaimed author of The Fields Beneath and City of Gold: The Biography of Bombay, draws on a range of sources and on her own imagination to create a montage of Hollar's life and times, and the illustrious lives (Samuel Pepys, John Tradescant, John Ogilby) that touched his. It is a carefully researched account, but Tindall also employs her considerable skills as a novelist to illuminate those areas of Hollar's life for which there are no records (a skill she has already used to effect in Celestine, her prize-winning novel of 19th-century rural life in France). The factual and fictional sections complement each other, forming an intricate whole, not unlike Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor in its baroque atmosphere and macabre (if understandable) accent on death and disease. A richly rewarding, multi-layered experience in which literature and history meet head-on. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Gillian Tindall
Gillian Tindall is a master of miniaturist history, making a handful of people, a few places or a dramatic event stand for the much larger picture. Well-known for the quality of her writing and the meticulous nature of her research, she has written highly praised regional histories of Kentish Town (The Fields Beneath), London's Southbank (The House by the Thames) and the Latin Quarter of Paris (Footprints in Paris), as well as prize-winning novels and history. She lives in London.
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