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School photograph

School photograph

  • Date:

    1915-1925 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photographic paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

School photograph of landscape proportions, in sepia tint, showing a group of thirty-four boys sitting and standing in rows among the desks of a classroom with wood and glass partition walls. The boys' clothes show the transition to the fashions of the post-WW1 period from those of the Victorian and Edwardian eras: the majority wear jumpers with
collars (some with ties), but one or two wear jackets (including one Norfolk jacket) and two boys wear Eton collars; one boy standing at the back, with his head bandaged, wears an army combat jacket. A London County Council Copy book (No A17) is visible on the master's desk in the foreground, with a chalk-box, an inkstand, and a bundle of pupils' copy books tied with string.


1915-1925 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Photographic paper

Marks and inscriptions

"(9)" has been inscribed on negative in white ink


Height: 14.9 cm, Width: 20.1 cm

Object history note


Found among papers of donor's late brother-in-law: he
was born c. 1916 and lived as a child "on a Council
Estate of small houses off Roehampton Lane, Putney"; she
thinks the photos of boys were his, but cannot recognise
him on either.

Descriptive line

School photograph; British, 1915-25

Production Note



Children & Childhood; Education & Learning


Museum of Childhood

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