Kerry Lee's London: Bastion of LibertySKU: 9568
Kerry Lee's London: Bastion of Liberty
Date of publication:
100 x 128 cm
On returning to Blandford Studio in 1946 after his war service with the Air Ministry, Kerry 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.
Condition & Materials
Quad royal pictorial map of London, 100 x 128 cm (approx 40 x 50 inches), minor restorations, lined on paper and linen. Published in London.