It’s a map.It’s a piece of art.
Author and illustrator David Fathers has created a fact-packed poster of the Thames which combines the two.
He has produced the poster as a preliminary to a book on the Thames from Putney Bridge to the Barrier in a similar style to his previous book on the Regent’s Canal.
As part of his research the artist is walking both banks of the Thames. The poster and later book feature the bridges, architecture and landmarks by the river and nearby .
The poster is available now with the book itself to follow next year.
He said: “I am coming across so much fascinating material that I will have to squeeze it in to the book.
“I have just finished walking the north bank of the Thames down to Bow Creek and to the Barrier. It involves such a contrast – from green spaces to industrialised stretches and everywhere steeped in the rich history of the river.
“I got the idea for the first book on the Regent’s Canal by walking the towpath and realising there was story to tell – and no book telling it.
That has done very well and the Thames lends itself to the same treatment. For me the research is a delightful exploration of the Thames.”
The poster is available from David’s website. Listen his interview on BBC London to 94.9 HERE
And he has sold several to an unlikely market: people in Missouri who have the surname Thames.
His earlier Regent’s Canal book is available from Amazon (see panel on left) or from Blackwell’s (see below).