Making Shovels in Bethnal Green: c.1900
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 30cm x 22cm

Making Shovels in Bethnal Green: c.1900

John Galt

© Ian Galt/ Museum of London

Full image caption

This photograph shows two home-workers, a man and a woman, making shovels by shaping scrap metal in their back yard in Bethnal Green. The photograph was taken by John Galt, an amateur photographer and missionary with the London City Mission. By portraying the family hard at work in the yard, Galt looks beyond their poverty, showing that, contrary to popular middle-class belief, the East End working class deserved salvation and that the London City Mission was working to bring 'the light of God' into their lives.
 

Artist/Photographer/Maker

 

Date

1900 AD - 1907 AD
 

Image Number

004479
 

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