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Panorama of the Thames: A Riverside View of Georgian London
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John Inglis Jill Sanders
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Panorama of the Thames: A Riverside View of Georgian London

John Inglis Jill Sanders


Thames & Hudson

Local history;
Places & peoples: pictorial works


256 pages

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This historical gift book is a reincarnation of a guide to the river Thames first published 1829 by Samuel Leigh. The original was a concertina of 45 printed and hand-coloured sheets, glued together to form a magnificent 60ft depiction of the river's north and south banks - or Middlesex and Surrey banks, as they were then - from Westminster Bridge to Petersham Meadows in Richmond.
Among the buildings that stood along this 30-mile stretch of river in those days were many that no longer exist - including the Houses of Parliament before they burned down in 1834, or the factory owned by the father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel - but others still stand today. A great deal of the original panorama shows just trees and foliage, so for this book it has been edited down to feature the most interesting sections.  These are grouped into 19 'villages', each with a short 200-word introduction. The buildings are captioned (in the present tense, for vivid appeal), and there is an A-Z detailing landmarks and key buildings in each section. 

Written in collaboration with local experts and various local history societies, these descriptions are richly informative and include information on the waterway, the landscape, and the people who lived and worked on the banks of the river at the end of the Georgian era.

By:   John Inglis, Jill Sanders
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 285mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   1.740kg
ISBN:   9780500518151
ISBN 10:   0500518157
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   December 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Preface & Introduction * THE PANORAMAS: The Thames Villages * MIDDLESEX BANK: Twickenham & St Margarets; Isleworth & Syon; Brentford; Strand on the Green & Grove Park; Chiswick; Hammersmith; Fulham; Chelsea; Westminster & Pimlico * ADELPHI * SURREY BANK: City & Southbank; Lambeth; Nine Elms; Battersea; Wandsworth; Putney; Barnes Terrace; Mortlake; Kew Village; Richmond upon Thames * A-Z of features on the River Thames

'Highly impressive ... the historical detail is extremely precise' - Towpath Talk 'A fascinating and stunning historical gift' - Richmond Magazine 'The 60-foot hand-coloured panorama of both banks from Westminster to Richmond is fascinating and charming' - MatureTimes 'Fascinating' - Waterways World 'A beauty to behold ... a riparian rhapsody' - Londonist 'A fascinating insight into Georgian London and the river that shaped it' - The Times

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