Sunday Bird Fair: c.1900
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 27cm

Sunday Bird Fair: c.1900

John Galt

© Ian Galt/ Museum of London

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This is a photograph of the Sunday Bird Fair on Sclater Street, just to the north of Brick Lane. Every Sunday the thriving market sold live animals and birds. John Galt, a local missionary and amateur photographer photographed countless varieties of birds including larks, thrushes, canaries, pigeons and parrots which were on sale to the public. Displayed in small cages and some wrapped in pocket-handkerchiefs, the birds were hung along the walls of the three and four storey buildings. More birds and animals were on sale inside the shops. Missionaries from the London City Mission often approached busy market places to spread the word of God to those who may not otherwise enter a church.
This photograph was one of many Galt produced to show conditions in the East End and the work of the mission. His intention was often to show that, contrary to popular middle-class belief, the people of the East End were worthy of salvation.




1890 AD - 1907 AD

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