Victorian London Revealed

Victorian London Revealed : Gustave Dore's Metropolis

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In 1872 Gustave Dore published "London: A Pilgrimage", in which he captured, often from memory, the life of the world's greatest city. His London was a city of contrasts: of light and shadow, a vital, bustling metropolis which encompassed the fashionable Ladies' Mile in Hyde Park and the appalling poverty of the East End rookeries. But what was Victorian London really like? This illustrated picture-documentary brings into clear focus the architecture, environment and people of London during a period of unprecedented expansion. Eric de Mare's informative text tells us about the everyday lives of Londoners, how they worked, how they dressed, how they dealt with poverty, education, crime and sex, and how they entertained themselves. Accompanied by many of Gustave Dore's evocative engravings as well as other illustrations and photographs from contemporary records, "Victorian London Revealed" provides a stunningly vivid portrait of a world that has left us an imposing legacy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 587g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0141390840
  • 9780141390840

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The vision of Gustave Dore; mid-Victorian London - formative forces; the river; rail and road; the changing scene; the people; the other people; piety and welfare; crime and punishment; pleasures; a century back, a century on; a London chronology -1851 to 1889.
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About Eric De Mare

Eric de Mare is a distinguished architectural historian and Penguin author. His other books include: PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARCHITECTURE, BRIDGES OF BRITAIN, and THE CANALS OF BRITAIN AND LONDON 1851: THE YEAR OF THE GREAT EXHIBITION.
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