Episode 45: Drawing London's Buildings
London has wonderfully eclectic array of architectural styles. In episode 45, London tour guide Hazel Baker talks to architect and artist Christian Coop about his inspiration for drawing London's buildings and how understanding the history of the building and street helps tell a richer story.
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Today, we're going to be talking about drawing London's buildings and I've invited artist and architect, Christian Coop to join me. Christian sketches a wide array of London's beautiful buildings. And along with those sketches, he accompanies it by putting in some historical information, in the post itself. Which I think is a really clever way of getting people who might like art and architecture, who might not think they're into history to make that connection with the past.
What we discuss:
- For those listeners who haven't the foggiest about what we're going on about what is it a survey of?
- Why is A Survey of London so important?
- So looking at that detail, that's something that you can't get in the age of map, isn't it or the pictures that we have of the time?
- Could the 'Survey of London' be considered as being a guidebook?
- We might as well get into John Stow himself. So who was he?
- And what were his influences?
- John Stow has quite an interesting writing style didn't he?
- Stow had forbidden material but why? Was it simply because he's an antiquarian and he's interested in collecting all kinds of material, or is he actually sympathetic to the old religion that's now being persecuted?
- John Stow starts writing when he was 40 years old. So maybe he was feeling that he needed to preserve what he could see was rapidly disappearing by writing it down?
- Normally when I'm reading a survey of London I look specifically at a certain place and a particular point in time, but you actually, you read it from beginning to end, didn't you?
That's all for now. I'll see you next week.
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