Author(s): Alex Werner
Over 150 stunning archive photographs and paintings illustrate this mesmerising guide to London, seen through the eyes of Arthur Conan Doyle and his most famous character. Ever since his creation, Sherlock Holmes has continued to enthrall his readers and audiences: he is the world's favourite fiction detective and is indelibly linked to London. From the handsome cabs hurtling through the city streets and thick fogs shrouding long lines of terraced houses, this was Sherlock's London. It was a city at the nexus of a vast Empire and one of the wealthiest, largest and most populous of its day. Through early film, photography, paintings and original artifacts, the book explores the real Victorian London which was the backdrop for many of Conan Doyle's stories. Richly illustrated by the museums unrivalled collection and authoritatively written by Alex Werner, David Cannadine and other leading authorities on London, this book appeals to anyone who loves this beguiling city and wants to explore it as it was when Sherlock Holmes was brought to life.
A portrait of Sherlock Holmes's London, illustrated with stunning archive photography and produced in association with the Museum of London
THE MUSEUM OF LONDON opened in 1976. It tells the ever-changing story of the greatest city in the world - and the people who live there. Its galleries chart a journey through London from earliest times to the present. Its ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events and its collections give you a sense of the vibrancy that makes London such an exciting and special place it is today. ALEX WERNER, Head of History Collections at the Museum of London, has curated a number of major displays including Dickens and London (2011-12), the Expanding City gallery (2010) and London Bodies (1998). His publications include Dickens's Victorian London (2011), Jack the Ripper and The East End (2008), Journeys Through Victorian London (2001) and Dockland Life (2000).