Mudlarking – searching the banks of the Thames – has a long tradition: in Victorian times, mudlarks were small boys grubbing a living from scrap finds. Today’s mudlarks unearth relics of the past, from Roman tiles to clay tobacco pipes, visualising the story of London. Ted Sandling’s artistic Instagram photographs have captured the attention of thousands of followers.
London in Fragments reveals over one hundred of the author’s most evocative finds, with his beautiful images throughout. They create a mosaic of everyday city life through the centuries: tiny fragments that represent something much greater. These finds led to research, surprising discoveries and meandering stories that reveal London’s wide history – from wig curlers and oyster shells to elegant Georgian pottery.
The endpapers to this beautiful hardback is a fold out map illustrated by Domenica More Gordon which shows Ted Sandling’s favourite mudlarking spots.
TED SANDLING studied History of Art at the University of Bristol. He moved to London and became a garden designer and landscape historian. He now works at Christie’s Education. He first went mudlarking in 2004 and was instantly hooked.
256 pages. 15.9 cm x 3.2 cm x 22.2 cm