A History in Paintings and Illustrations
Canaletto's view of St Paul's, Rowlandson's drawing of a Regency coffee house, or Gustave Doré's dark vision of poverty in East End alleyways... London has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration to artists. Stephen Porter's book brings together a brief history of the capital from Roman times to the 20th century and a survey of its historic districts, great buildings, markets, parks and thoroughfares, illustrated with over 360 paintings, drawings and photographs depicting life in London and the city itself.
Everyday Life in Tudor London
Stephen Porter describes the practicalities and personalities of Tudor London; from 1485, when the victorious Henry Tudor arrived after Bosworth with an army so unruly, the Mayor proclaimed a curfew, to 1600, by which time overcrowding and congestion in the city streets had led to parking restrictions. With a wealth of detail, Porter evokes a bustling trading city, the hub of England's political and cultural life, and home to royalty, rogues, churchmen, tradespeople and, by all accounts, beautiful women.