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Panoramas of Lost London: Work, Wealth, Poverty and Change, 1870–1945

Philip Davies. Dan Cruickshank, foreword.
Publisher Transatlantic Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 11.75 x 15 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9781907176722
Pages/Publication Date 320/201
Daedalus Item Code 23633
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The previous catalog of historic photographs by London town planner and conservationist Philip Davies, Lost London 1870–1945, captivated modern audiences with what the Sunday Times called a "haunting portal into the bygone life of the capital." When those images were blown up to poster size for the Lost London exhibit at Kenwood House, the remarkable detail that was revealed inspired Davies to produce this follow-up, a luxuriously oversized album that enlarges more than 180 images from the earlier book and adds more than 100 new photos. These closeups bring to light an astonishing depth of detail—haunting faces from the past, shopfront wares, and architectural features and textures. "The photographs are so stunningly reproduced that you can almost smell the street life in this amazing collection," noted British reviewer Green Knight. "Yes, there are plenty of books on Victorian this and Victorian that and Edwardian this and Edwardian that—and London of course features loud and clear in most of them—but somehow this one has the edge. It's revealing, it's honest, and it's magnificent. The book is big—very—and the pages are big; the photographs are big—and that's one of the lovely things about it. It's a pleasure to look at. The details are as clear as crystal. No need for the magnifying glass here. This is more than nostalgia. This is an important work of social history, because there are all too few volumes that manage to place the reader at the very heart of the subject in quite the way that this one does. Historian Philip Davies is to be congratulated on this handsome book."
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