The Charcoal sketches of Los Angeles, which date from circa 1934 to circa 1947, are an extensive collection of 50 drawings
made by John Wardman. Wardman was a British-born artist who emigrated to California in the 1930's. His work has been displayed
in a number of exhibitions and museums. Many of the sketches depict parts of Los Angeles subsequently demolished to make way
for Union Station. Together with the scenes from Chinatown (which are also included in the collection) these sketches record
an era in the metropolitan history of Los Angeles that may have otherwise faded without a trace. Almost all the sketches display
the facades of civic buildings or the everyday, street-level dealings of merchants and tradesmen.
50 drawings: charcoal on paper; 23 x 30 cm.
50 digital objects
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