Street Life in London

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Published copy of volume 1 of Street Life in London (Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London, 1877) by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Thomson was a talented and influential photographer, who had spent ten years travelling in, and taking photographs of, the Far East. On his return to London he joined with Adolphe Smith, a socialist journalist, in a project to photograph the street life of the London poor. The volumes were published in monthly parts as Street Life in London , and were an early example of social and documentary photography.

Arrangement

1 volume.

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Other Finding Aids

No further list required.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Separated Material

The National Library of Scotland holds the photographs and papers of John Thomson.

Conditions Governing Use

No copyright restrictions. No documents may be photocopied.

Custodial History

Given in 1937. Also known as R 1146.

Geographical Names