Dealer in Fancy-Ware: c.1877

John Thomson

Dealer in Fancy-Ware: c.1877
3 0 c m
actual image size: 28cm x 22cm

Full image caption

This photograph shows a street vendor of 'fancy-Ware', or imitation jewellery and ornaments. A young girl and a woman holding a baby look at the vendor's merchandise with interest.
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

1876 AD - 1878 AD
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© Museum of London

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