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St. Paul's from Ludgate Circus

Accession Number
1972/1.169

Title
St. Paul's from Ludgate Circus

Artist(s)
Alvin Langdon Coburn

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date
1905

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

Dimensions
8 3/16 in x 6 15/16 in (20.8 cm x 17.62 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
This photograph provides viewers with an elevated view of the city of London. It focus on the steam, fog, and smoke that create a dense atmosphere over the city. This focus on atmosphere and the monumental structures that dwarf their human creators can be seen throughout the portfolio, London, in which this image was published in 1909. Coburn chooses to minimalize the human aspect of the city, with dark silhouettes of people in the streets, while the city itself the theme of this image. 

Physical Description
This photograph depicts an elevated view of the atmosphere above the city of London with St. Paul's Cathedral in the background. The image focuses on a plume of smoke and spires on building tops.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
St. Paul's Cathedral
atmosphere
buildings
car
cathedrals (buildings)
cityscapes (representations)
fog
modern and contemporary art
multistory buildings
smoke
spires
steam
streets

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