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Ebbe Sadolin’s London

July 22, 2021
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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15 Responses leave one →
  1. July 22, 2021

    Beautiful line work.

  2. Peter Hart permalink
    July 22, 2021

    These are amazing beautiful drawings. A treat to see. Thank you so much GA

  3. Jill Wilson permalink
    July 22, 2021

    These are brilliant drawings – not just the buildings but also the people. He manages to capture the essential characters of both brilliantly with the minimum of lines – a great skill I wish I had!

  4. July 22, 2021

    Such talent, and captured so succinctly. The drawings have real life and movement to them.

  5. Barry Coppock permalink
    July 22, 2021

    Absolutely great sketches. Fond memories of when working in the City area at that time.

  6. July 22, 2021

    Very impressive drawings in quite typical style of the postwar period: very light and airy.

    Love & Peace

  7. Sue permalink
    July 22, 2021

    Deceptively simple and so effective.

  8. Kelly Holman permalink
    July 22, 2021

    A real treasure trove, thank you.
    I particularly love the Tower of London and Bride of Denmark drawings. The Guinness and Andrews Liver Salts advertisements made me smile; they are of their time I think.

  9. Mark permalink
    July 22, 2021

    Love these.
    Thanks to this wonderful artist, I can bring these fantastic sketches into 3D, full colour images in my headspace.

  10. July 22, 2021

    Greetings from Boston,

    GA, just love Ebbe’s sketches. He has such a way with trees and vegetation. Really captures the spirit of London!

  11. July 22, 2021

    I’m a little rusty on the specifics, but I believe that your nation has a special award……a
    MBE? Or some such? Anyhow, may I suggest that a new award should be instituted for
    Expert Chroniclers of the Realm? Many of the artists featured here would be acknowledged for their abilities to capture a moment, a street corner, a passage way, a market, etc. Not to
    mention the people who inhabit these fascinating places.

    Until the award idea takes hold, thank goodness for GA. We salute you, and all the
    artists you feature. Hurrah and huzzah!

  12. Su C. permalink
    July 22, 2021

    These make me feel like dancing!

    I would love a book of these!

  13. Chris Webb permalink
    July 22, 2021

    So the stocks had a roof so that the “stockee” wouldn’t get wet if it rained. How civilised.

  14. Bernie permalink
    July 22, 2021

    Nightingale Lane, Wapping is very economical of line. I would love to know if it is really as spare of detail as the drawing suggests. Does anyone know?

  15. Ann V permalink
    July 22, 2021

    Wonderful! Like Su C, I too would love a book of these.

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