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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Editions Didier Millet; 1st Edition edition (18 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9789814068116
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814068116
  • ASIN: 981406811X
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 2 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best way of discovering London is on foot or from the top of a bus. No other large city is more rewarding to wander around, with a wealth of interesting things to see, both grand and intimate in scale. Watercolour painter Graham Byfield set out to capture the essence of the place, and his impressions are recorded in the London Sketchbook.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2001
Format: Hardcover
London Sketchbook is the definitive guide and souvenir to the big sights as well as the more intimate nooks of the British Capital.
Architecturally correct while retaining his individual style, Graham Byfields' palette is much enhanced by his instinctive inclusion of the white of the page in his drawings and watercolours.
The text by Marcus Binney introduces each London area, with the facts and history of the great and the quirky finding an equal share of the limelight. Whether you walk or ride, you will delight in your newly acquired knowledge. The detailed descriptions of each painting and drawing in the artists' own handwriting lends extra charm.
You can hear the swish of Black Taxi Cab tyres on wet plane leaves, laugh with jugglers, or breathe in aromas from ethnic restaurants, all the time discovering new facets of the unique gem this beautiful book shows London to be.
From cover to cover including everything between them, each page refreshes the eye, whether in a sprawling double page spread or in a tiny pencilled cameo.
Together, artist and author allow London to star in a collection of stunning images and informative paragraphs, a book to be treasured and shared, time and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TURNER on 13 April 2011
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Superb Pictures, ideal for a present for those with an interest in the City. Byfield has a superb touch and captures the subject well.London Sketchbook: A City Observed (Sketchbooks)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DG on 22 May 2013
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This is a wonderfulbook with many pictures of interesting London scenes and the accompanying texts give so much background information. I spent several evenings just leafing through the pages and it has gone on to my bookshelf as a long term tenant as I am sure I will be returning to it many times to just browse or to check up on particular buildings.

One of my better buys!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David on 13 Aug. 2013
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I met Graham at a festival in Menorca a lovely man, he opened up his gallery that evening just so I could have a look. My wife bought me the book and I wasn't disappointed, excellent quality paper and fantastic artwork, well work buying, a lovely present.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ansen on 2 Mar. 2013
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I love this series of books - and London Sketchbook is no disappontment. I will definitely collect more titles as I travel to the destinations available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs M C Holmes on 24 Mar. 2013
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It describes the city in detail and with accuracy and the sketches in it are beautiful. However some of the pictures lack real detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alan g kennell on 21 Dec. 2012
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This book was a perfect gift for a very good friend who is fanatically interested in all aspects of London.
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