Paul Cohen-Portheim (1880-1932) was an Austrian artist and travel writer. He was a proficient linguist and spoke half a dozen European languages fluently. When World War I broke out, he was painting in Devonshire, and found himself interned for the length of the war. This gave him time to read, observe and meditate, especially on his enforced new home. After the war he wrote England, the Unknown Isle and later The Spirit of London, showing his affection for both England and London especially. The Spirit of London was the last thing to be published after his sudden death in 1932.
'I know of few books that leave a more vivid impression of the city I love'-- Simon Jenkins