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Ebbe Sadolin’s London

July 30, 2019
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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6 Responses leave one →
  1. July 30, 2019

    Wonderful drawings! Valerie

  2. July 30, 2019

    Wow! I love these illustrations. I don’t believe I am familiar with this artist. More please! Thank you.

  3. Jill Wilson permalink
    July 30, 2019

    Yes – great drawings! I’d love to be able to sketch with that much confidence and skill..

    And I love the period adverts which are so much part of the scenes.

    More please!

  4. Bernie permalink
    July 30, 2019

    Where were the Shoreditch stocks? I passed along the main roads every day going to and from school in Bethnal Green (1944-1949) but never discovered them — or has memory faded?

  5. Kay W permalink
    July 30, 2019

    Thank you for these wonderful drawings of my favourite city.

  6. Gary Arber permalink
    July 30, 2019

    The rough sleeper was wearing a ragged army uniform.
    Think of Ralph Mitelles “Streets of London”.
    A forgotten Hero. ?

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