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Photograph - Palace Yard, Lambeth
  • Palace Yard, Lambeth
    Strudwick, William, born 1834 - died 1910
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Palace Yard, Lambeth

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:


    London (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1865 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Strudwick, William, born 1834 - died 1910 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print

  • Museum number:

    59400

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 1004, box C

Strudwick was born in London in 1834 on Edgware Road and lived in Lambeth and West Dulwich. He acted as a photographic storekeeper at the Victoria and Albert Museum, but also worked as a draftsman, architect, and sculptor and wrote comic poetry. Henry Cole, the founder founding director of the V&A, encouraged the purchase of Strudwick’s series of photographs titled Old London: Views by W. Strudwick. The series is around 50 in total and was purchased from the photographer in 1869. It documents the old cityscape, including the East End’s medieval coaching inns prior to their demolition to make way for the railways, and the riverside shortly before the construction of the Embankment. His views from the river banks show the traffic of steam and sail boats, barges and working warehouses. His street scenes are populated by tradesmen paused in their activities unloading barrels from horse- drawn carts and groups of Dickensian urchins staring at the camera. Strudwick’s project echoes other similar survey initiatives at this time which recognized photography as the quintessential medium to save from oblivion what was about to disappear. In 1910, Lambeth Archives acquired a set of Strudwick’s photographs, the same year they he was admitted as a pauper to Croydon workhouse where he died.

Physical description

Albumen print photograph

Place of Origin


London (photographed)

Date

ca. 1865 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Strudwick, William, born 1834 - died 1910 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print

Dimensions

Height: 284 mm image, Width: 242 mm image

Object history note

Purchased by Henry Cole from the photographer

Descriptive line

London Photographs; Lambeth Palace Yard

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Strudwick, Willliam, “Photography in the ‘Sixties’” (1896), in: Process Yearbook, Vol. 2 1896 - 1897 pp. 78 - 82

Photo London catalogue, teNeues (2015), pp. 197-199

Martin Barnes, 'What lies Beneath', in: Financial Times Weekend Magazine, May 2015, pp.4-8

Labels and date

Photo London: Beneath the Surface
Somerset House May 20 - August 24, 2015

William Strudwick (1834–1910)
From the series Old London: Views by W. Strudwick, 1860–1868

Strudwick was photographic storekeeper at the V&A, but also worked as a draftsman, architect, sculptor and poet. This series documents areas of old London, including the riverside shortly before the construction of the Embankment and the medieval coaching inns prior to their demolition to make way for the railways.

[20-05-2015 - 24-08-2015]
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Materials

Albumen

Techniques

Albumen process; Photography

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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