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Maps of London and Beyond

Adam Dant

The Gentle Author

Batsford

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ISBN: 9781849944649

Price: £30.00

Publication date: 7 June 2018

Category: Art & Illustration

A spectacular, large-format collection of Adam Dant’s fine art maps giving a unique view of our history and life today.

Artist and cartographer Adam Dant surveys London’s past, present and future from his studio in the East End. Beautiful, witty and subversive, his astonishing maps offer a compelling view of history, lore, language and life in the capital and beyond.

Traversed by a plethora of colourful characters including William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Mary Wollstonecraft and Barbara Windsor, Adam Dant’s maps extend from the shipwrecks on the bed of the Thames to the stars in the sky over Soho. Along the way, he captures all the rich traditions in the capital, from brawls and buried treasure to gin and gentlemen’s clubs.

Accompanying text by the artist gives the background to each of the handsome cartographic artworks, revealing his inspirations and artistic process and outlining his cultural allusions. Reproduced in large format, the maps invite the reader to study all the astonishing and often hilarious details within, offering hours of fascination for the curious.

Published in conjunction with the Spitalfields Life blog, Maps of London & Beyond includes an extensive interview with Adam Dant by the blog’s founder The Gentle Author.

ABOUT THE Author

Adam Dant studied at the Royal College of Art, London and the MS University Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, India. He creates dense, elaborate narrative drawings that examine and depict public contemporary life, space, mythologies and histories. These works are thoroughly researched, with the artist drawing on a deep well of historical and visual sources to create his wittily perceptive detailed drawings. Dant lives and works in London.

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ABOUT THE A23

The Gentle Author writes daily about the culture of East London for the blog Spitalfields Life www.spitalfieldslife.com, covering a variety of topics, from criminals and street life to culinary delights.

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'Quite simply this is one of the most remarkable books I have come across'

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