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'Caney the Clown' mending chairs, 1877.

Thomson, J (John)

'Caney the Clown' mending chairs, 1877.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm


Plate produced using the Woodburytype proces of a street performer mending a chair in the street, taken from 'Street Life in London' (London, 1877) written by Adolphe Smith with photography by Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921). The aim of this book was stated as 'to bring before the public some account of the present condition of the London street folk, and to supply a series of faithful pictures of the people themselves'. It is one of the first examples of photography used as social documentary.

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