Living With London is a celebration of what is arguably the greatest city in the world. London may no longer be the most populous city but it must certainly be the most visited. Nick Botting has created a collection of paintings of London which depict scenes which will be familiar to all and others which will not. Each has descriptive text appropriate to the paintings – architecture, ancient and more contemporary history, curiosity, fame. All the scenes will inspire readers with a sense of adventure and cause them to look again at the famous landmarks – Trafalgar Square, the Old Bailey, Highgate Cemetery, and some less well known, with a new sense of appreciation. London has existed for two thousand years and has witnessed catastrophe – the Great Plague in 1665, the Great Fire in 1666, the blitz of the Second World War, and joy – the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, the Olympic Games, also in 2012, and earlier in 1948 – in equal measure. It is vibrant, changing and ‘living’ and this book, Living With London, with the paintings of Nick Botting, and prose of David Rayvern Allen, brilliantly encapsulates our glorious capital city.
Nick Botting is a successful artist whose works have been exhibited at the Portman Gallery on London’s Piccadilly and in other galleries. He has fulfilled numerous commissions for eminent art collectors; one in 2003 of Westminster Bridge commemorated the 200th anniversary of its crossing by William Wordsworth and was commissioned by the late Lord Alexander; another in 2012 of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames was commissioned by Lord Salisbury and hangs in Hatfield House.