Old London Maps: The Bastion of Liberty


A stunning and amusing pictorial map drawn by Lee between 1945 and 1948. Being a post-World War II plan, the drawing celebrates the great city of London and the British spirit, with the words of Winston Churchill shown in the top left corner, “We would rather see London in ruins and ashes than that it should be tamely and abjectly enslaved.” The map covers from the westerly Earl’s Court Road to The City in the East, and from southerly Lambeth to Regent’s Park in the north. Encasing the map are small illustrations of a number of London’s best known attractions and the plan further depicts principal buildings, including all the major department stores along Oxford Street as well as images of numerous historical characters. The plan was originally published by Chromoworks of London.

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