Hand-drawn panoramas of London taken from balloons were a staple diet of Victorian newspapers, and in the modern age, similar photos from up high can be equally captivating.

One artist has taken the old and new and blended, to produce ink panoramas of modern London, in the old style.

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The artist, Mike Hall says that the composition is based on photographs he took from the viewing gallery at The Shard in February 2013 and was drawn freehand with a fineliner pen on Bristol Board and took around 4 months to complete.

The design features a decorative border and title cartouche with an index of eighty well-known landmarks featured in the drawing which are labelled numerically, and several locations are also labelled with text to orientate the viewer.

A number of sizes of the print are available here.

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2 comments
  1. Andrew says:

    Reminds me a little of Stephen Wiltshire, http://www.stephenwiltshire.co.uk

  2. Andrew says:

    Perhaps also worth mentioning Hollar’s Long View of London from Bankside from the 1640s, perhaps the first proper panoramic view of London drawn from a single viewpoint (a church tower in Southwark).

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