Bristol, `Queen of the West Country', is a city founded on manufacturing and trade. Once described as producing within its bounds every daily necessity required in life, its merchants were mocked by outsiders for lives dominated by a rage for profit. It was a city in which grandeur lived cheek by jowl with poverty and pollution, and dangerous industry with domesticity.
Old and modern Bristol are described here in drawings, paintings and photographs (many previously unpublished from the author's collection and those of the Bristol Central Reference Library), in a volume that complements the author's previous book for Amberley on Central Bristol.
The book is arranged as a series of textual and visual peregrinations around Bristol and its main arterial routes, and documents some of the myriad changes that have occurred in the city's evolution over the last few centuries.
Anthony Beeson was born in 1948 into a well-established Brighton family. Having worked at the Courtauld Institute of Art Library, he moved to Bristol in 1972 to become Fine Art Librarian, and over the following thirty-seven years developed the Bristol Art Library into one of the finest British public collections of art books. He is an established author and lecturer having had ten volumes published on the history of Bristol, Brighton and Dorset as well as many articles on antiquities and art in academic journals. He is an acknowledged Classical iconographer and an expert on Roman and Greek art and architecture. He is the Hon Archivist of the Association for Roman Archaeology and a member of the Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics and has appeared on the television programme Time Team. In 2000 he reassembled the many hundreds of pieces of the `lost' Newton St Loe Orpheus mosaic in the entrance hall of Bristol museum and in 2017 interpreted and produced the official report on the exceptional and internationally famous Roman mosaic of Pegasus and Bellerophon found at Boxford in Berkshire.