As a capital city on and off since 100 CE, London in this portfolio is represented as an urban and rural (yet-to-be-urbanized), private and public, high and low space. The images here depict a city and its residents at work and at play in particular in the nineteenth century, as the Industrial Revolution and rapid urbanization made it into a metropolis. Some of these nineteenth century works express nostalgia for past landmarks and customs as the growing city rendered them obsolete. Others document quotidian scenes and residents, while others think with more anxiety over urbanization’s consequences for social norms and values.
The images in this portfolio are primarily from this period, but not entirely. Seen all together or in smaller sub-groups, they can engage with the city’s history and landscape in snapshots as well as over time. They invite discussions of industrialization, labor, city life and planning, and other topics endemic of urbanization, urban spaces, and those spaces’ inhabitants.
Stereo Classics Studio Stereoscope Image, Sample Set No.1: Piccadilly Circus, London 1978 photograph | cardboard Gift of Margaret and Howard Bond 2010/1.169.53
Albert Kahn Near London 1869 - 1942 graphite | paper Transferred from the College of Architecture and Design, 1972—Gift of the Family of Albert Kahn: through Dr. Edgar A. Kahn; Mrs. Barnett Malbin; Mrs. Martin L. Butzel 1972/2.631