This panoramic drawing of London, looking west, north and east from the public viewing gallery of the Shard Tower, 800ft above ground level, was … Read More
This panoramic drawing of London, looking west, north and east from the public viewing gallery of the Shard Tower, 800ft above ground level, was inspired by historic panoramas of the city by 17th century artists including Hollar, Visscher, Wyngaerde and others.
The composition is based on photographs I took from the viewing gallery in February 2013 and took around 4 months to complete. I also used the interactive panorama on the Guardian newspaper website to aid me with the finer detail.
The image shall be part of a print design which I plan to make available later in the year. Read Less
The full panorama: drawn on two-and-a-half sheets of A3 board joined end-to-end, measuring 105 x 29.7 cm in total
Detail of the view across Southwark and the South Bank towards west London.
Detail of Bankside and the area around Southwark Cathedral; Borough Market is nestled between the railway viaducts at bottom left.
Detail of the view north towards St. Paul's Cathedral (in centre) with Camden and Islington in the distance.
Detail of the view north across to the City of London and its shiny new skyscrapers. The 'Walkie Talkie' (20 Fenchurch Street) is shown under construction, with the 'Cheesegrater' (122 Leadenhall Street) also under construction behind it. Hackney is in the distance at top right.
Detail of the view looking towards east London. The Tower of London is in the centre foreground with the Olympic Stadium and ArcelorMittal Orbit dominant in the distance.
Detail of the south bank opposite the Tower of London, including HMS Belfast.
Detail of the view looking further east, with Tower Bridge in the centre foreground and Canary Wharf at top right.
Close-up detail of the view looking north-west; Somerset House is at bottom left, Centre Point, BT Tower and Euston tower are the three tallest towers across the middle, and Wembley Stadium and Harrow-on-the-Hill feature in the distance at top left.
Close-up detail of the area around Tate Modern and Bankside. Blackfriars railway bridge is in the background, part of the Millennium Bridge is on the right and the Globe Theatre (with the circular roof) pokes out.
Close-up detail of the area around St. Paul's Cathedral. Immediately behind it to the left is the Old Bailey; a bit further up to the left is St. Pancras and King's Cross railway stations.
Close-up detail of the area around Barbican and Moorgate. The Guildhall (the medieval-looking building) appears near centre foreground, whilst in the distance can be seen the Emirates Stadium and Alexandra Palace on its hilltop.
Close-up detail of the skyscrapers in the City of London. Behind in the distance can be seen the numerous tower blocks of Hoxton, Hackney and Tottenham.
Close-up detail of the Tower of London and Tower Pier.
Close-up detail of Tower Bridge.
Close-up detail of the view looking towards Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs. The River Thames winds its way between Wapping and Rotherhithe in the foreground, and behind the towers the O2 dome and Thames Barrier can be seen.