Around England by Bicycle: the C G Harper Collection
The drawings provide an artist’s impression of a ‘Lost England’, showing idyllic scenes of towns and villages before the large scale development after the Second World War. Geographically diverse, the collection covers churches, public houses, bridges, street scenes, country houses, coastal views, road signs and village scenes, providing an atmospheric picture of England and English life during the early 20th century.
He covered all the major old coaching roads – the Bath Road, the Dover Road, the Great North Road, the Norwich Road, to name but a few. He also produced volumes documenting the south coast, including the Kentish Coast, the Dorset Coast, the Devon Coast and the Cornish Coast. Alongside these he published works on the Old Inns of Old England, Thames Valley Villages, and Cycle Rides Round London.