The perfect introduction to the city’s architectural heritage, Barcelona Sketchbook
gives visitors and residents insight into a wealth of sights, both
grand and intimate in scale. Many facets of the Catalonia capital and
surroundings are recorded here, as Graham Byfield strolls with
his sketchpad through the Ramblas, the glories of Antoni Gaudí, the
great ceremonial buildings, and cafés and parks full of character. On
the way, with a few pencil strokes and splashes of watercolour, he
captures scenes of daily life, as well as a plethora of architectural
wonders dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.
as a Roman city, Barcelona became the capital of the County of
Barcelona in the Middle Ages. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon,
it continued to be an important city as an economic and administrative
centre and the capital of the Principality of Catalonia. Besieged
several times during its history, Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage
and is today a major tourist destination being one of the world’s most
visited cities. Particularly renowned are the architectural works of
Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domènech i Montaner, which have been designated
UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city is also an important port, has
hosted two International Exhibitions and is known for its successful
Summer Olympics in 1992.
Accompanying the paintings and
sketches are observations and notes handwritten by the artist, as well
as a learned and informative introduction to Barcelona and its various
areas by heritage expert Marcus Binney.