on 4 October 2001
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.
on 13 August 2013
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.
on 8 May 2015
Of the three books of this series I own (Venice, Paris, London), this one is my favourite; if the Venice watercolours are by far the most beautiful of the lot, the London ones do capture the atmosphere and appearance of the city very very well. Besides, the text about London is much more interesting: without loosing a dreamy touch, it is full of informative anecdotes of London's past that have shaped it till today. A pleasure, spending time with this book feels like one of those walks in London in one of those days in which everything happens to be ideal and has the strongest possible flavour.