Lee’s Pictorial Map of London


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Lee’s Pictorial Map of London


LEE, Kerry


Chromoworks Ltd

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99 x 126 cm

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Quad royal pictorial map of London, 99 x 126 cm, minor restorations, lined on paper and linen.

On returning to Blandford Studio in 1946 after his war service with the Air Ministry, Lee spent six months working on a map rich in historical, architectural and literary detail which celebrated the capital’s survival, and symbolic wartime role. Lee chose an apposite quote by Churchill: “We would rather see London in ruins and ashes than that it should be tamely and abjectly enslaved.” The map was marketed overseas (especially in America) by the Travel Association of Great Britain. A double royal version was issued for the Festival of Britain, and a later state of the quad royal map refers to the excavation of the London Mithraeum in 1954. Lee’s characteristic signature appears bottom right, showing the artist seated at his easel with his dog.