Here’s a video of my lecture at the Manchester Symposium. It’s about an hour long and is an attempt to trace the history of urban sketching through old and vintage sketching books, and earlier art movements. Many thanks to the Symposium team for doing such a great job on the video, with proper sound and everything!
Below are a few of the slides from the lecture for your further enjoyment, including my estimate of the ways we really spend our time ‘urban sketching’, the key differences between old and new sketching books, some recommended titles, and a cartoon that reminded a friend of me (I don’t smoke a pipe)…
Ah, yes, it was a great presentation, Ed! Love that cartoon!!
Great talk, Ed. More of this kind of thing!
Yes, as you said, a list of books that people can add to would be interesting.
Thanks Jim. Especially for the ‘lend’ of the Gurney book which was very useful for the talk.
Just started watching the vid, looks really good, already into the first 3 minutes … but must rush … there are things that want to be sketched … I’m sure to return …
You clearly have your priorities correct!
I just watched the lecture, and what a great time I had! I had to stop it a few times and see if I could find some of those books, and there is actually ONE copy of “Master Drawings Close-Up” at a library in southern Sweden, now on its way to me (I hope). The Gurney book is for sale, but gosh! not while I´m a poor student. I follow him on every social media, though, what an inspiration he is! As are you. Lovely to see you and hear your talk. I am going sketching right now…