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London Impressions Etchings and Pictures in Photogravure   By: (1847-1922)

London Impressions Etchings and Pictures in Photogravure by Alice Christiana Thompson Meynell

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LONDON IMPRESSIONS

LONDON IMPRESSIONS

ETCHINGS AND PICTURES IN PHOTOGRAVURE BY WILLIAM HYDE

AND ESSAYS BY ALICE MEYNELL

[Illustration]

WESTMINSTER ARCHIBALD CONSTABLE AND CO. 2 WHITEHALL GARDENS 1898

[Illustration: A Cheap Market.

Swan Electric Engraving Co]

LIST OF PICTURES

FULL PAGE PLATES

THE RIVER ETCHING Frontispiece

WESTMINSTER ABBEY PHOTOGRAVURE facing page 2

TERRIBLE LONDON Do. " 4

AN IMPRESSION Do. " 6

END OF A WINTER DAY Do. " 8

UTILITARIAN LONDON Do. " 10

KENSINGTON GARDENS Do. " 12

NIGHT SCENE, BERMONDSEY Do. " 14

THE CLOCK TOWER, WESTMINSTER Do. " 16

ST. PAUL'S AT DAWN Do. " 18

WATERLOO BRIDGE Do. " 20

BELOW BRIDGE Do. " 22

ST. PAUL'S FROM WATLING STREET Do. " 24

THE VICTORIA TOWER Do. " 28

PLATES IN THE TEXT

ST. PAUL'S IN A STORM PHOTOGRAVURE On Title page

A CHEAP MARKET Do. page v

A FORGOTTEN CORNER Do. " 1

THE NERVES OF LONDON Do. " 6

THE EMBANKMENT AT NIGHT Do. " 9

TREES ETCHING " 12

THE LAST BOAT PHOTOGRAVURE " 19

BELOW BRIDGE Do. " 22

A BACK STREET Do. " 24

A COFFEE STALL Do. " 26

RAIN, SMOKE, AND TRAFFIC Do. " 29

WESTMINSTER ETCHING " 31

LIST OF ESSAYS

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THE LONDON SUNDAY 1

A PILGRIM 4

THE EFFECT OF LONDON 6

THE CLIMATE OF SMOKE 9

THE TREES 12

CHELSEA REACH 16

THE SPRING 19

BELOW BRIDGE 22

THE ROADS 26

THE SMOULDERING CITY 29

[Illustration: THE RIVER.]

THE LONDON SUNDAY

This seems to be a thing that all exclaim against, and but few see. The phrase is never varied a sure sign of lack of experience. One cries, 'Oh, the London Sunday!' and another, 'It must be too dreadful for foreigners!' and before the topic disappears something yet vaguer has been said, in a flickering manner, as to the Boulevards. But in fact London Sunday is little understood even by those who know its aspect, and the greater number do not know even so much.

[Illustration: A Forgotten Corner. ]

Obviously, it is one thing in the summer of livelong sunshine, and another thing in winter. When the tops of the steeples fly a blue and white sky as far as the eye may see a broad flag for the streets, and a narrow, wavering pennon for the alleys; when the reluctant faces of grey houses are compelled by the fires of the day to bandy reflections with the grey houses opposite; when the sun himself is lodged in every window, so that the town multiplies his very face, and sets up suns to the west in the morning and to the east in the evening suns in rows, and suns that run fluctuating along the windows of a long, unequal street; when the plane tree is fresh and the leaf of the elm already dry, the London Sunday, from beginning to end, is passed by the London people out of doors. For this reason it is difficult to understand it; you cannot tell whither these streams of people are bound. They all have the gait of making for some end; they do not stroll, and there is doubtless some excursion afoot. The number of young men, in proportion to the numbers of older men, of women, girls, and children, is curious, especially in the further east... Continue reading book >>




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