Fog, Kensington Gardens, November
Photographer: Coburn, Alvin Langdon (1882-1966)
Medium: Photographic print
Introducing Alvin Langdon Coburn's photographic views of London Hilaire Belloc writes of "the curious way in which London engulfs village after village, creeping round it as a flood of lava might creep round a temple or a walled enclosure. The villages which the expansion of London thus encloses are never at once destroyed. Some remain almost intact for generations, some for centuries.
Chelsea is of this kind; though less definate in boundaries. Kensington is of this kind; and in its way Clapham still remains of this kind...The old houses, their gardens, and sometimes their family traditons as well, remain almost untouched."
Text by Hilaire Belloc from the book 'London'