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Public Disinfectors

1876-1878 (photographed)

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Materials and Techniques
Brief Description
19thC; Thomson, John. Disinfectors, Street Life of London
  • Height: 11cm
  • Width: 9cm
Gallery Label
Gallery 100, ‘History of photography’, 2011-2012, label text : John Thomson (1837-1921) ‘Public Disinfectors’, ‘Street Advertising’, ‘Doctor’, ‘Old Furniture’, from the series Street Life in London 1877-8 After photographing in Asia in the 1860s Thomson identified London as a subject of equal fascination. Street Life in London was published in twelve instalments between 1877 and 1878. The series was produced in collaboration with journalist Adolphe Smith, who wrote commentaries for each image. The project is among the earliest and most evocative examples of social documentary photography. Woodburytypes Given by Mrs D. Crisp Museum nos. Ph.320, 321, 322, 350-1982 (07 03 2014)
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record createdJuly 30, 2003
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