A beautiful book Daily MailExhilaratingly curious Evening StandardGripping SpectatorBrilliantPenelope LivelyIndefatigably researched Country LifeBeautifully illustrated Monocle Mudlarking, the act of searching the Thames foreshore for items of value, has a long tradition in England's capital. In the late 18th and 19th centuries, mudlarks were small boys grubbing a living from scrap. Today’s mudlarks unearth relics of the past from the banks of the Thames which tell stories of Londoners throughout history. From Roman tiles to elegant Georgian pottery, presented here are modern-day mudlark Ted Sandling's most evocative finds, gorgeously photographed. Together they create a mosaic of everyday London life through the centuries, touching on the journeys, pleasures, vices, industries, adornments and comforts of a world city. This unique and stunning book celebrates the beauty of small things, and makes sense of the intangible connection that found objects give us to the individuals who lost them.
After studying History of Art at The University of Bristol, Ted Sandling moved to London and became a garden designer and landscape historian. In 2008 he returned to the fine arts when he joined Christie's. He now works at Christie's Education. He first went mudlarking in 2004 and was instantly hooked.
"Sandling's aim is to increase inquisitiveness, and he undoubtedly achieves this." "Sandling tells us not only what the pieces are but also how they feel in the hand. He notes the smallest details." "...as Sandling writes, 'modernity doesn't exist on the foreshore'. The river is 'no respecter of chronology', and Sandling mimics its eddying rhythm, arranging his finds by theme rather than age." "...the significance of these fragments lies in the stories they tell us about the everyday lives of the people to whom there are no monuments or blue plaques."