|Artist||Sayer, John Pearson|
|Published||J.P.Sayer. Strand Magazine, Tower House, Southampton Street, London, WC2. |
|Dimensions||190 x 255 mm|
One of a series of 17 pictographic maps of London, this example being a birds-eye view of the Tower of London, part of the Survey of London described and illustrated by J.P.Sayer. Further maps continuing the survey were issued each month by Strand Magazine. The map is bordered with portraits and vignettes, and like Sayer's other works, features numerous caricatures and notes of historic local interest. The verso features a view of the Tower based upon a representation in a manuscript by Charles Duke of Orleons, as well as notes on the Tower's history.
J.P Sayer's work emerged from a growing trend of railway poster design in the Thirties which sought to incorporate historical information into the image.
John Pearson Sayer (fl. 1930 - 1950) was an English artist and graphic designer. He provided the illustrations for the Motorist's Rhyme Book; a booklet produced by British Petroleum, which contorted popular nursery rhymes in order to sell its products. Sayer is best remembered for the posters that he designed for the Great Western Railway Company, and the uniquely pictographic style of his that emerged from these commissions. Works of Sayer's include posters of Oxford, Leamington Spa, Somerset, Cornwall, and the Cambrian Coast.
Condition: Central vertical fold as issued. Binders holes to centre fold.