Bill Brandt’s Early Morning On The Thames, 1939 (via here)
Tower Bridge, reimagined in 1943 and clad in glass and steel by the great Charles Holden. Fabulous.
Let’s start the day with a colourful splash of Frank Brangwyn – not one of his claustrophobic, doom-laden etchings of London in the rain this time, but instead a look at Spark’s Wharf, Limehouse.
The Ordnance Survey is celebrating its 225th birthday by producing a map of modern London in 1801 cartographic style including, of course, numerous features not present two centuries ago – such as railways, the Blackwall Tunnel and the cable car across the Thames. Cartographer Chris Wesson has kept fonts, terminology and design as close to the orginal Ordnance Survey style as possible and copies of the full map due to go on sale in due course.
On The Embankment, this 1924 woodcut by Charles Ginner, is up for auction shortly and a very nice thing it is too. Given that Ginner was London based and a prime mover in the Camden Town School, I’m assuming this is the Thames, but I can’t quite place that view.
Postscript: Thanks to @metrocentric and @sorbus for spotting that this is the arch at Temple, before it was largely filled by a monument to King George V in 1935.
Another glimpse of John Piper, this time in London. Millwall Docks From The Surrey Side dates from 1957 and is up for auction soon.
Below London Bridge was written by HM Tomlinson with photographs by his son H Charles Tomlinson and published in 1934. It describes, and pictures, their walks of discovery through London’s docklands at a time when the docks were full of ships and the area teeming with commerce and labour. It is a look at a world now completely lost, described unsentimentally by a renowned author and journalist, and made all the more fascinating by some 40 evocative photos. Here are just four:
Copies are available second hand from around £5, or £20 with a dustjacket.