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Adam Dant’s Map Of The Parish Of St Martin-In-The-Fields

May 11, 2021
by the gentle author

Click on Adam Dant’s new map to explore the parish of St Martin-In-The Fields


Adam Dant created this print to celebrate beating the bounds at St Martin-in-the- Fields on the three hundredth anniversary of the building of James Gibbs’ famous church. It forms the centrepiece for an exhibition of Adam’s maps in the crypt which is open now and runs through the summer in Trafalgar Sq.

Visitors are encouraged to use Adam’s map to walk the bounds of the parish of St-Martin-in-the-Fields. It illustrates a broad historical sweep, augmented with familiar landmarks and buildings, anecdotes and incidents from the lives of numerous former parishioners. The friendly personages of many of the parish’s current residents are also dotted across the terrain, permitting map readers to spot the locals.





Adam Dant’s MAPS OF LONDON & BEYOND is a mighty monograph collecting together all your favourite works by Spitalfields Life‘s Contributing Cartographer in a beautiful big hardback book.

Including a map of London riots, the locations of early coffee houses and a colourful depiction of slang through the centuries, Adam Dant’s vision of city life and our prevailing obsessions with money, power and the pursuit of pleasure may genuinely be described as ‘Hogarthian.’

Unparalleled in his draughtsmanship and inventiveness, Adam Dant explores the byways of London’s cultural history in his ingenious drawings, annotated with erudite commentary and offering hours of fascination for the curious.

The book includes an extensive interview with Adam Dant by The Gentle Author.

Adam Dant’s  limited edition prints are available to purchase through TAG Fine Arts

6 Responses leave one →
  1. May 11, 2021

    Greetings from Boston,

    GA, I enjoyed perusing Adam Dent’s great map of St. Martin in the Fields parish, my favorite part of London. I usually stay up the street at the Strand Palace (directly across from the Savoy) so I can drift out at leisure to have lunch at the Crypt in St. Martin’s or stroll through the National or Portrait Gallery.

    Missing London today…

  2. Kelly Holman permalink
    May 11, 2021

    What a fantastic piece of art and a wonderful idea to walk the bounds. I love the curious facts. The one that caught my eye was the fate of Charles II’s hundreds of gondolas. Thank you.

  3. paul loften permalink
    May 11, 2021

    The map is a treasure. This little area has such a wonderful feel to it. I seem to recall a folk cellar in the church itself during the late 60’s. I could be mistaken . I used to go to Bunjies down the road, which had some superb folk music on a Saturday although its just a bit outside Adam’s map. One of my favourite spots was the all night post office by Trafalgar Square where you could go to post a letter or parcel at any time. Did such a place ever exist? It now seems a figment of my imagination. I cant even find a reference on google. I know that I stood in a queue there, at night, a few times but perhaps it was in my dreams

  4. May 11, 2021

    So cool! I love it! Maybe one day I’ll get back across the pond to walk those streets in person….

  5. Lizebeth permalink
    May 11, 2021

    Oh, how lovely! I live just at the edge of this map, and it includes so many treasures to explore. The West End is a great repository of history and culture — hopefully, the Arts so central to it will be able sometime in the not-too-distant future, to return to their former glory. Helen, when I first came to a London, I, too, stayed at the Strand Palace, a fantastic place to base oneself. As I have been stuck in California for over a year due to Covid, I can’t wait to return to my London life — whatever it offers these days.

  6. May 12, 2021

    i saw adams work in the print room of standpoint gallery

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