Workshop, 'Real Life in London: 200 Years of Illustrating the City', with U3A at the House of Illustration

Activity: Public engagement and outreachContribution to the work of non-academic organisations


How did illustrators depict the people of the 19th-century city? How would you draw your fellow Londoners now? A talk and workshop exploring the depiction of London.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

11:00am – 2:30pm

House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4BH

Dr Mary Shannon will discuss the history of illustrating London in the Victorian period, considering the role of illustration in Charles Dickens’ famous texts about London, and looking at the 19th-century writing that inspired him: serials such as Pierce Egan’s Life in London, journalism such as Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and The London Poor and novels by rival writers such as GWM Reynolds (The Mysteries of London). The focus will be on the illustrators who helped create these works.

Illustrator Merlin Strangeway will then lead a hands-on workshop exploring key elements of the growing discipline of urban sketching: the practice of drawing on location to capture people and place. No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided.
Period24 Oct 2017
Held atHouse of Illustration, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal