'Caney' the Clown: c.1877
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

'Caney' the Clown: c.1877

John Thomson

© Museum of London

Full image caption

This photographic portrait of ‘Caney the Clown’ shows him at work re-caning a chair. A maid can be seen watering plants through the window behind him.
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.
 

Artist/Photographer/Maker

 

Date

1877 AD - 1877 AD
 

Image Number

003983
 

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