Description - The Man Who Drew London by Gillian Tindall
Hollar was born in Prague. 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. t is because of his panoramas that we know for example what Old St Paul's was like, before it was completely destroyed and subsequently rebuilt by Wren. During the Civil War, Hollar was in exile with the royalists in Antwerp. He returned to England ahead of Charles 11, 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.
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(210mm x 154mm x 17mm)
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Author Biography - Gillian Tindall
Gillian Tindall is brilliant at evoking history and place. As well as a classic book about the hidden past of North London, The Fields Beneath, she is the author of Celestine (recreating the vanished world of a French peasant woman) and The Journey of Martin Nadaud (a true view of the building of nineteenth-century Paris seen through the eyes of a stone-mason) which is also published by Pimlico. Gillian Tindall lives in Kentish Town.