A Panorama of London
Self initiated project | March-September 2013 | Handdrawn with digital enhancements
This panoramic drawing of London, looking west, north and east from the public viewing gallery of the Shard Tower, 800ft above ground level, was inspired by historic panoramas of the city by 17th century artists including Hollar, Visscher, Wyngaerde and others. The composition is based on photographs I took from the viewing gallery in February 2013 and took around 6 months to complete.
The full panorama: drawn on two-and-a-half sheets of A3 board joined end-to-end, measuring 105 x 29.7 cm in total.
Detail of Bankside and the area around Southwark Cathedral; Borough Market is nestled between the railway viaducts at bottom left.
Detail of the view north towards St. Paul's Cathedral (in centre) with Camden and Islington in the distance.
Detail of the view north across to the City of London and its shiny new skyscrapers. The 'Walkie Talkie' (20 Fenchurch Street) is shown under construction, with the 'Cheesegrater' (122 Leadenhall Street) also under construction behind it. Hackney is in the distance at top right.
Detail of the view looking towards east London. The Tower of London is in the centre foreground with the Olympic Stadium and ArcelorMittal Orbit dominant in the distance.
Detail of the view looking further east, with Tower Bridge in the centre foreground and Canary Wharf at top right.
The full panorama as a print design, with decorative border, title cartouche, description and building index. The design aesthetic is inspired by engraved print designs from the 17th and 18th century, particularly those by Hollar.