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In The Market Square, Caen

In The Market Square, Caen

Photographer: Thompson, Stephen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: 1758.b.6

Item number: 21

Length: 14.6

Width: 18.45

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Stephen Thompson explains his motivation for recording "the picturesque old timber-framed houses of Normandy" in the letterpress accompanying his photograph of the Market Square, Caen. He laments the loss of "the old, overhanging, double-gabled tenement" which he contrasts with the "characterless aspect of modern streets, smooth-faced, and uninteresting, composed of houses alike, without curve or wrinkle, divested of any individuality, prim, decorous, and genteel..."

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