Mapping the Great Fire of London

London in 1666, Matthew PictonHere at Completely London, we love a good capital-themed map – especially if it’s handmade or has a historical connection. Rather brilliantly, this stunning 3D London offering created by artist Matthew Picton ticks both of those boxes.

The Oregon-based cartographer chose to depict London in 1666 – the year of the Great Fire – and made his creation from covers of the book ‘A Journal of the Plague Year’ by Daniel Defoe. To represent the extent of the destruction, Picton took a match to his intricate handiwork and burnt areas destroyed by the fire. As a result, the fascinating map features damaged landmarks including the half-remaining section of London Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral in its ruined state.

Aside from his London masterpiece, Picton has created three dimensional maps for Mexico City, Dublin, Lower Manhattan, Tehran, Dresden, Washington DC, Florence and Hiroshima. Each work takes him months to complete and evokes a unique record of social, political and historical change.

Picton’s selective, multidimensional ‘atlas’ will be on display as part of the Urban Narratives exhibition at the Sumarria Lunn Gallery in Mayfair from 8 March – 6 April.

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