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The Tower 2

The Tower 2

Photographer: Coburn, Alvin Langdon (1882 - 1966)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1914

Shelfmark: Cup.400.g.27

Item number: 2

Length: 14.5

Width: 8.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Gilbert Keith Chesterton introduces Alvin Langdon Coburn photographic views of London with a story about "an aged farmer and his daughter" travelling round and round the Underground Railway in a "sad circle, and failing to light anywhere, partly because of the impedimenta of country parcels, but partly also because they were almost satisfied with the staring names of the places...They thought the 'Mansion House' was rather a dark place for the Lord Mayor to live in. They could detect no bridges through the twilight of 'Westminster Bridge,' nor any promising park in 'St. James' Park Station.' They could only suppose that they were in the crypts of 'The Temple'; or buried under the foundaations of 'The Tower.'

Illustrating the Englishness of London he goes on to say that the "Parliament sits in London, but not in the City, of London; the City of London is not under the London County Council; and in spite of the opinion of General Choke, the Sovereign does not live in the Tower."

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