The Bombed Out Book Cover & 19th Century British Artist, Samuel Austin.
Above Photo: The Goree Warehouse, George’s Dock, Liverpool, by Samuel Austin, 1829.
The Bombed Out! book cover contains hidden references and symbolism, all of which somehow relevant to events and locations mentioned in the book.
As part of the cover design, I used an image by Liverpool-born artist Samuel Austin, who died in the city in 1834. Austin gave up a well-paying job as a banker’s clerk to focus on his main love, art, and in 1829 he made a drawing of the Goree Warehouses, in George’s Dock, Liverpool, which is what I used for my front page – suitably messed around with, of course.
If you can ignore Margaret Thatcher for a minute (we’ll get to her in due course), you’ll see the Goree Warehouses behind her on the cover, although I did muck around with the spire of St Nicholas’ Church in the background of Austin’s drawing and, sadly, the fantastic quay and harbour life caught in his drawing had to go too, to make room for Maggie and the Toxteth Riots….
George’s Dock was later filled in and it is now the site of some of Liverpool’s most impressive architecture, including the Liver Buildings (also featured on the front cover of the book, but for different reasons), and an ugly, busy road.
The Goree Warehouses were extensively bombed during World War 2 and subsequently demolished, but St Nicholas’s church is still there, its spire now surrounded not by ships’ masts and busy dockside warehouses but a very modern urban landscape.
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