Old Furniture: c.1877

John Thomson

 
Old Furniture: c.1877
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 28cm

Full image caption

This Photograph shows two women conversing in the doorway of a used furniture shop. The goods for sale, such as chairs and books, are displayed in the window and on the street in front of the shop.
The image is taken from a series of 37 photographs published in the book, 'Street Life in London' (1877), with text written by John Thomson and the journalist Adolphe Smith. After taking photographs in the Far East, Thomson opened a portrait studio in London in 1875. Two years later he collaborated with the journalist, Adolphe Smith, to produce 'Street Life in London'. The book was conceived as a follow-up to Henry Mayhew's famous study, 'London Labour and the London Poor' (1861–2). The photographs were used to guarantee the book's authenticity.

Image Details

Artist/Photographer/Maker
 
Date
 
1876 AD - 1878 AD
Image Number
 
003976

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