The Man Who Drew London - Wenceslaus Hollar in Reality and Imagination

The Man Who Drew London - Wenceslaus Hollar in Reality and Imagination $20

Gillian Tindall

Published by Pimlico

Gillian Tindall's books take little-known characters and - through imaginative reconstruction - make their life stories stand for 'big' events in history ...

Hollar stands for the English Civil War, the exile of Charles II, the Restoration, the Plague and the Fire - and the expansion of London into Covent Garden and the meadows of Islington

Born in Prague, Hollar was the artist/engraver who drew London before and after the Great Fire of 1666

It 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

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

During the Civil War, Hollar was in exile with the Royalists in Antwerp

He returned to England ahead of Charles II, 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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