The Crawlers:  c.1877
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actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

The Crawlers: c.1877

John Thomson

© Museum of London

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This photograph is entitled 'The Crawlers', and shows a destitue mother and her infant on some stone steps.
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.




1876 AD - 1877 AD

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