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Panoramas of Lost London

Panoramas of Lost London

Work, Wealth, Poverty & Change 1870-1945

This book Panoramas of Lost London is the sequel to the bestselling Lost London book. It has over 300 spectacular photographs of London’s lost buildings from the English Heritage archive and the book, Panoramas of Lost London, takes a closer and more detailed view of London city’s lost heritage and its social and economic history. Tudor, Georgian and Victorian buildings, some of them historic masterpieces, captured in location just before their destruction between 1870-1945.

About Panoramas of Lost London Book
Sequel to the bestselling 'Lost London book' – takes a closer and more detailed view of the city’s lost heritage and its social and economic history.

Philip Davies’s best-selling book Lost London 1870-1945 has been described as a publishing phenomenon, opening windows on a vanished past it captivated modern audiences and was described by John Carey in The Sunday Times as a ‘haunting portal into the bygone life of the capital’.

The sequel, 'Panoramas of Lost London' book reproduces historic photographs commissioned by London County Council – many of them in the early days of photography – to capture individual buildings and streets that, along with their entire neighbourhood, were on the threshold of redevelopment.

Lost London’s portrayal of whole buildings, entire streets and skylines was achieved by scaling the images which often made invisible the wealth of pin-sharp detail contained within the historic photographs and in Spring 2010 English Heritage mounted an exhibition of highlights from the Lost London book at Kenwood House. Enlarged to poster size, the true quality of the ‘lost’ detail was revealed to astonished visitors that attended in record numbers. Overwhelming interest from the public and the media, has encouraged the author to return to this theme in close focus, enlarging over 180 of the photographs found in Lost London and adding over 100 new images to create the new, larger, landscape-format Panoramas of Lost London book, so readers can now enjoy the previously unseen gems of detail hidden in these historic pictures, 'Panoramas of Lost London'.

Tudor, Georgian and Victorian buildings, some of them historic masterpieces, captured in location just before their destruction between 1870-1945.

The resulting changes in scale and cropping have brought to light an astonishing depth of detail: haunting faces from the forgotten past live again, shopfronts and hoardings reveal their wares while architectural details and textures leap into focus – reinforcing the sense of “shock and awe” that Marcus Binney identified when reviewing Lost London in The Times. The end result is a series of breathtaking visual revelations, Panoramas of Lost London.

'Panoramas of Lost London' - Over 300 spectacular photographs of London’s lost buildings from English Heritage’s archive.

Panoramas of Lost London, the text by Philip Davies provides an informative essay, based on the structure he created for the Lost London Exhibition.

The 'Panoramas of Lost London' book has an astonishing selection of photographs and pictures which invites the reader to a close-up and vivid experience of a forgotten world at the time when London first became the ceaselessly-transforming greatest city in the world. This book, Panoramas of Lost London, like its predecessor Lost London will redefine the reader’s perception and experience of historic London.


LOST LONDON 1870-1945:
This is the predecessor to 'Panoramas of Lost London' book.

Taken from English Heritage's collection of London images, this book by Phillip Davies features 500 fascinating photographs of London, some of which have never before been published. Spanning 1870 to 1947, they show London City through a period that includes the construction of Tower Bridge.

'The Lost London book' is about the lost buildings and streets of London and about why some have remained and flourished whilst others have been swept away, opening windows on a vanished past; one which is tantalisingly familiar, but also hauntingly remote. 'The Lost London book' spans a period of 75 years from 1870-1945, depicting a world in transition - from the coaching inns and horse-drawn city of the late Victorian age, through the 1920's and 1930's to wartime devastation.

The pictures range from Little Dorrit's lodgings in Marshalsea Prison to the Prime Minister's bedroom at No.10 Downing Street. Taken to provide a unique record of London each of the photographs is a full plate image; stunning works of art in their own right.

Lost London 1870-1945 book is a spectacular collection of more than 500 images from the former London County Council archive of photographs, which has been held by English Heritage of the past 25 years.
 

PLEASE NOTE, WE NO LONGER SELL LOST LONDON OR PANORAMAS OF LOST LONDON. 

Lost England published in October 2016 is available to buy online.

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