Dickens's Victorian London
‘Dickens's Victorian London repeatedly pulls a humdinger of a rabbit from its stovepipe hat. One remarkable Fox Talbot shot from 1841 is thought to be the earliest existing photograph of the river Thames. It presents an alien view of Westminster, with no Houses of Parliament, no Hungerford Bridge, no 'Big Ben', but the medieval Abbey and Westminster Hall dominating the skyline' - Londonist
This companion book to a show at the Museum of London, features 200 images of Victorian London mostly drawn from the Museum's archives. Here are captivating photographs of famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey, alongside coaching inns, the Thames before the Embankment was built, the construction of the Metropolitan Underground Line, the docklands that studded the river and the many villages that make up London today.
The book covers all aspects of London life; the landmarks, the slums; the city, the suburbs; people, industry, transport. Throughout, authors Alex Werner and Dickens expert Tony Williams offer insightful commentary and captions, many connecting the images to Dickens's life or characters. Extracts from the novels introduce each section: Dombey and Son quotes accompany the railway chapter, while a quotation from Great Expectations introduces the river photos.
This is an excellent read on Charles Dickens's London peppered with lots of pictures taken during his lifetime. A great way to immerse yourself in the settings of so many of Dickens's novels and add to your enjoyment of his works.
Read the Londonist's review of this book.
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Date published: January 2012
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0091943738
- Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 19.8 cm