Thomas More's London illustrations
Client: Center for Thomas More Studies | 2017-18 | Fine line pen on Bristol Board and Adobe Photoshop
In 2017 I was commissioned by Dr. Gerard Wegemer, founder of the Center for Thomas More Studies based at the University of Dallas, Texas, to create two detailed illustrations for display on the Center's website and for inclusion in their publication The Essential Works of Thomas More (2018).
Part 1: Map of Thomas More's London
The first part of the commission involved the creation of this detailed historical view of London during Thomas More's lifetime (1478-1535), loosely based on the appearance of the city and its streets and buildings in the 16th century (click to enlarge).
A view of London from Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg's Civitates Orbis Terrarum (Cities of The World) of 1617, which inspired my map's style, composition and colour scheme.
Detail of St. Paul's Cathedral, Blackfriars and Cheapside. Thomas More's birthplace at Milk Street is marked at the top right.
Completed ink version of More's London map (click to enlarge). Colours and text were subsequently added using Photoshop.
Part 2: Beaufort House, Thomas More's Chelsea Mansion
My detailed illustration of Beaufort House, Thomas More's mansion at Chelsea between 1520 and 1535, as it would have appeared in his lifetime.
The house was demolished in 1740 (a full history of the site can be read here: https://www.british-history.ac.uk/survey-london/vol4/pt2/pp18-27). Modern-day Beaufort Street now runs north-south directly through the middle of the site, following the line of the mansion's main driveway; Chelsea Old Church, shown at the bottom-right corner of the drawing, still exists beside the river today.
A view of Beaufort House engraved by Johannes Kip in 1708, one of several historic views of the house and grounds I used as reference for my illustration. (Source: https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/vmgallery/general/medium.asp?gallery=vm_history&img=history/thumb/vm_hs_0003.jpg&size=medium)