London Lore is a map of the capitals' lost, forgotten and imagined.
The text below explains some of the stories hidden in the picture:
Oranges & Lemons - English Nursery rhyme and singing game which refers to the bells of several churches, all within or close to the City of London. 7 Ravens - The presence of ravens in the Tower of London is traditionally believed to protect the Crown and the Tower: a superstition holds that "If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it". Gog & Magog - According to tradition, the giants Gog and Magog are guardians of the City of London, and images of them have been carried in the Lord Mayor's Show since the days of King Henry V. Crystal Palace - Built to house the Great Exhibition of 1851 and destroyed by fire in 1936. London Bridge Is Falling Down - Nursery Rhyme dating from the middle ages. Old St. Pauls Cathedral - Medieval Cathedral which preceded the modern St. Pauls, destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666. Ludgate Hill - The site of pagan temple and the burial place of King Lud, from whom the word 'London' is said to derive. Black Dog - The black dog has been said to haunt the Newgate Prison for over 400 years, appearing before executions. Sherlock Holmes - A London-based "consulting detective" and habitual pipe smoker created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Wooly Mammoth - The remains of Wooly Mammoths were found during the construction of both King's Cross Station and Trafalgar Square. Hockley-in-the-Hole - An area of London where bull baiting and dog fighting took place in the 17th & 18th Century. Oliver Twist - Orphan protagonist in novel of the same name by English author Charles Dickens. Mr. Punch - Main puppet from popular street show Punch and Judy. Houndsditch - Old ditch which ran outside part of the London Wall, renowned for being used as a site for disposing of waste and, particularly, diseased dogs. Chamerion Angustifolium - Plant commonly known as Fireweed, so called from the species' abundance as a colonizer of burnt sites. Reported to grow all over the city following the Great Fires of London and the air raids of World War II.
The London Circles Series is a collection of five images of the capital, each portraying a different character of the city.
4 Colour Screen Print. Acrylic Ink on 315gsm Magnani Litho