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London Nomades

Street Life in London

London Nomades

1877

John Thomson

(Scottish, 1837-1921)

Woodburytype

Image: 10.8 x 8.6 cm (4 1/4 x 3 3/8 in.); Paper: 10.8 x 8.6 cm (4 1/4 x 3 3/8 in.); Mounted: 27.1 x 20.8 cm (10 11/16 x 8 3/16 in.)

Photography Discretionary Fund 2019.48

Fun Fact

This wagon was owned by William Hampton, “a man of fair intelligence and good natural ability” who was, however, illiterate and had a “dread of education.”

Description

“In London there are a number of what may be termed, owing to their wandering, unsettled habits, nomadic tribes,” wrote John Thomson’s collaborator, reporter Adolphe Smith. Living in wagons, they moved around the city, working seasonal jobs or selling cheap wares at fairs and markets or door to door.

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