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Ebbe Sadolin In London

January 11, 2017
by the gentle author

Danish Illustrator Ebbe Sadolin (1900-82) visited London in the years following the War to capture the character of the capital, just recovering from the Blitz, in a series of lyrical drawings executed in elegant spidery lines. Remarkably, he included as many images of the East End as the West End and I publish a selection of favourites here from the forties.

George & Dragon, Shoreditch

St Katherine’s Way, Wapping

The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping

Stocks, Shoreditch

Petticoat Lane

Tower Green, Tower of London

The Olde Cheshire Cheese, Fleet St

Rough Sleeper, Shoreditch

Islington Green

Nightingale Lane, Wapping

Fleet St

Wapping churchyard

Tower of London

Commercial Rd, Stepney

St Pancras Station

High St, Plaistow

Bride of Denmark, Queen Anne’s Gate

Liverpool St Station

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. January 11, 2017

    So immediate, and light, and fun!

  2. January 11, 2017

    Fantastic drawings, love his style. Valerie

  3. Ulf Jacobsen permalink
    January 11, 2017

    Thank you Gentle Author for sharing these timeless sketches drawn by a favourite from childhood in 1950s. The London book one of his very best.

  4. January 11, 2017

    Any illustration portraying life and buildings, good or bad is important for future reference. Main elements are here. As it happens I like Ebbe’s style, being thin line one can get more detail in no clutter here. It would be nice to see more of the collection some time. Poet John

  5. January 11, 2017

    Wonderful drawings!

  6. Mike permalink
    January 11, 2017

    A lovely collection of atmospheric and evocative drawings – simply superb

  7. Helen Breen permalink
    January 11, 2017

    Greetings from Boston,

    GA, delightful drawings. Missing London today…

  8. Sue permalink
    January 11, 2017

    Simple but so effective, lovely.

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  10. January 17, 2017

    Those are some exquisite drawings, wow. They really capture a certain liveliness about the area. His linework looks simple but it comes together to make the whole scene look so vivid.

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