James Hedderly (1815 – 1885) was a painter and signwriter until the mid-1860s, when he became a photographer. He lived in Duke Street, only a short distance from Whistler’s house at 7 Lindsey Row, from 1841 until the 1870s, when the street was demolished for the Embankment. He then moved to 21 Riley Street, where The Chelsea, Pimlico and Belgravia Diectory for 1885 notes him as a photographer (also listed is a Mrs Hedderly, laundress at 23 Riley Street).
Taken in 1877 by John Thomson, this is image called Recruiting Sergeants At Westminster is from ‘Street Life in London’.
This image is from ‘Street Life in London’, 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith:
“The accompanying photograph represents a second-hand clothes shop in a narrow thoroughfare of St. Giles, appropriately called Lumber Court, where several similar tradesmen are grouped together, all dealing in old clothes and furniture of a most varied and dilapidated description. It is here that the poorest inhabitants of a district, renowned for its poverty, both buy and sell their clothes.”
From BBC America here’s a Photo Quiz…The question is can you spot 19th Century New York City or glorious London?
I gained a superb mark of 70%…it’s a short fun diversion on a rather hot day anyway!!