Illustrating Shoreditch

During this long period of neglecting my blog, I have been recording the districts (Hoxton, Shoreditch, Haggerston, Dalston, De Beauvoir Town) in-depth and investigating into the different styles of illustration to depict the feel of each specific area.

Back in the Victorian era Shoreditch held a very bad reputation, with its alleyways and streets dark, grim, full of disease and poverty. (See this article about it: www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/non_fictionreviews/3555344/Horrors-of-Victorian-Shoreditch.html)

What came to my mind was the dark drawing of William Hogarth’s Gin Lane, and the general dark tone of pen & ink sketches made during the Victorian era.

During the weekend evenings, people spill out on to Shoreditch’s narrow streets to drink & socialise outside of the pubs. This made me think of Gin Alley – aside from the stinking poverty that encumbered those poor souls depicted.

A Punch sketch from 1859.

Shoreditch at night…

The narrow streets…

The crowds…

Ready for a night out…

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