|Prospect of London 1826|
Online you can find many editions of Prince Pückler-Muskau’s account of his travels in the U.K. Open any one at random, and I think you’ll be captivated. I have no idea what his writing was like in the original language, but Sarah Austin gives us a very lively and very readable translation. “Readable” is not something you can always say of the majority of early 19th C English prose works.
Many of the sites he writes about exist today, but in a very different setting. This painting of Waterloo Bridge captures a part of the London he would have known.
— Hermann Pückler-Muskau , Tour in England, Ireland, and France: in the years 1826, 1827, 1828, and 1829. With remarks on the manners and customs of the inhabitants, and anecdotes of distinguished public characters. In a series of letters. (1833)
Image: Alexander Nasmyth, A Prospect of London, seen from the Earl of Cassilis' Privy Garden, with Waterloo Bridge, courtesy Wikipedia.
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