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Photograph - Pearly King and Queen, Southwark
  • Pearly King and Queen, Southwark
    Ward, Patrick, born 1937
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Pearly King and Queen, Southwark

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (photographed)
    Southwark (photographed)

  • Date:

    1965-1970 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ward, Patrick, born 1937 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Paul Barker

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 1027, box A

Physical description

Black and white photograph of an elderly pearly king and queen standing in a park/open space in front of three tower blocks.

Place of Origin

London (photographed)
Southwark (photographed)


1965-1970 (photographed)


Ward, Patrick, born 1937 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print


Height: 32.8 cm, Width: 50.2 cm

Historical context note

Patrick Ward has been a reportage photographer since the early 1960s. New Society was an early client, along with the Sunday Time Magazine, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, and French and German 'Geos'.

Descriptive line

Pearly King and Queen, Southwark, gelatin-silver print by Patrick Ward, c.1965-1970, part of the New Society/The Other Britain collection, gift of Paul Barker

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

Published in New Society 26.5.1977, to illustrate the article 'Who are the Cockneys' by David White, pp. 382-384. Subtitle ''Cockneys have always got on, and if you're a cockney you should be proud.' This London tribe has now dispersed - but not vanished.' Photograph on pp.383 with caption 'The Pearly Kind and Queen of Southwark.'

Production Note

The photograph was the result of a commission by New Society magazine

Attribution note: Shot by available light with a Leica camera.
Processed and printed by Gerry Grove at Grove Hardy.




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