David Gentleman's London
Following the course of the Thames, "David Gentleman's London" explores this splendid city in delightful detail, the beauty of its buildings, its many parks, and the villages and towns that form the Capital's outer rim. The traditional sights of London, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and St. Paul's appear alongside many less familiar splendors, and often in powerful contrast to the new London that continues to develop around them. To accompany his pen and water colour drawings, the artist provides, as always, a lively and observant commentary. David Gentleman, who has lived and worked in London for 30 years, has memorably captured the city's blend of idiosyncratic detail and grand, monumental statement.
David Gentleman is a water colourist, lithographer, wood engraver and designer. His latest book, In The Country, was published by Full Circle Editions in September 2014. Earlier books include London You're Beautiful, David Gentleman's Britain, David Gentleman's London, David Gentleman's Coastline, David Gentleman's Paris, David Gentleman's India, and David Gentleman's Italy. His platform-length mural at Charing Cross underground station is well-known to Londoners; he has published lithographs and screenprints and designed British postage stamps. He was born in 1930 of artist parents, studied at the Royal College of Art and has lived in London ever since. He has travelled widely in Europe and India. His work is represented in Tate Britain, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and in private collections.
This hardback book published in 1985 is in very good condition. The binding is sound and all the pages are clean and unmarked with the exception of the first free end page which has an inscription, 'With much love from Mother, Christmas 1989.' The dustjacket has been price clipped and is very slightly worn around the bottom corner of the front cover. It is also slightly creased around the top corner of the back cover and there is some tanning inside at the edges, but otherwise the outer of the dustjacket is in excellent condition for a book of this age. The boards of the book are also in very good condition, very slightly bumped at the bottom of the spine, and very slightly faded at the very edges but again, the overall condition of the book is excellent given its age.