'Fine New 'errin', 1886.
© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society
A photograph of a street peddlar, taken by George Davison [1854-1930] in 1886. The boy advertises his wares by calling out as he walks through the streets. Although he is convincingly ragged, dirty and barefoot, his pose is rather staged. Davison showed this photograph at the annual exhibition of the Photographic Society in 1886. It was also exhibited by the Photographic Society of India, where it was entitled 'Fine Fresh Herring'. George Davison was a noted pictorial photographer and a founder member of The Linked Ring in 1892. From 1897 he was assistant manager of the Eastman Photographic Materials Company, renamed in 1898, Kodak Limited. He became managing director in 1900.