LONDON OBSERVED
A Polish Philosopher at Large, 1822-24

KRYSTIN LACH-SZYRMA
Edited by MONA KEDSLIE McLEOD
208pp 12 ILLUS 2009 LIST PRICE: £12.99 (P) E289

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The philosopher Krystin Lach-Szyrma came to Britain in 1820 as tutor to two Polish princes, as their Grand Tour took them to Enlightenment Scotland. They then spent eighteen months in London, familiarising themselves with Parliament, the Stock Exchange and Westminster Abbey, and visiting prisons, hospitals and factories, art galleries and museums, as well as inns and theatres. With insatiable curiosity and good humour, Lach-Szyrma recorded his impressions of London and Londoners and analysed the financial, religious and academic institutions as well as the class system and law-and-order problems. Shrewd and witty, his observations retain their original freshness and offer new insights into the rapidly evolving city.