This is Illustration: The Work of Miroslav Sasek


A couple of years ago, I finished off a study abroad experience in Italy by doing a super-blitz tour of Western Europe. I wound up in London and couldn’t pass up one of the most touristy things to do there—making a trip to Harrod’s department store. Among all the glitz, a simple illustrated book jumped out at me. It was This is London, written and illustrated by Czech artist Miroslav Sasek. As I later found out, this children’s book was originally published in 1959 and what I saw was a reprint from 2004. I couldn’t seem to scrounge up any extra change to take the book home with me at the time, but thankfully I eventually found one wrapped up for me under the Christmas tree. Continue reading…