The Seller of Shell-Fish

1877-78 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 122c
Place Of Origin

Three men and a woman gathered round a make-shift stall selling fish.

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Object Type
Brief Description
19thC; Thomson, John, The Seller of Shell-Fish, Street Life of London
Physical Description
Three men and a woman gathered round a make-shift stall selling fish.
  • Image height: 112mm
  • Image width: 90mm
  • Sheet height: 179mm
  • Sheet width: 129mm
Marks and Inscriptions
Fish Stall
Gallery Label
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM 'STREET LIFE IN LONDON' These photographs were first published in 12 instalments in 1877-1878 in a series entitled 'Street Life in London'. John Thomson had earlier photographed in China and recognized London as a remarkable new subject. Together with journalist Adolphe Smith he wrote commentaries on each image. 'Street Life' is among the earliest and most evocative examples of social documentary photography.
Credit line
Given by Mrs D Crisp
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record createdJune 30, 2009
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