Interested in old photographs? Fabulous review of the Victorian London in Photographs exhibition.
This daguerreotype photograph, looking south down Whitehall from Trafalgar Square, was taken in 1839 and is thought to be the oldest photograph of London. The hustle and bustle of carriage and pedestrian traffic has been blurred by the several minute-long exposure time (©London Metropolitan Archives)
When it comes to an exhibition where I am sold on the title alone, then this has to rank right up there. Regular readers of the exhibitionologist will know, photographs -particularly old, scratchy, black-and-white ones- and the history of London constitute two of my special areas of interest. So the Victorian London in Photographs exhibition at the London Metropolitan Archives constituted a must-see, as it surely does for those with similar interests to mine.
It is testament to the scope of the Victorians’ ambition and industriousness that Victorian London feels, to some extent at least, something that still exists today. As Londoners we are surrounded by Victorian…
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