Pop-up Archive Display at Canary Wharf Ideas Store
POSTED: 17 October 2018
This October, see a free display images from our Exhibition in a Box in Canary Wharf, London.
The display features 30 image panels reproduced from rare 19th century photographs portraying people of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent during the Victorian era in Britain.
They are all from our Exhibition in a Box, one of Autograph's popular Archive Resources.
These portraits reveal an important, complex black presence in Britain before the SS Empire Windrush steamship arrived in 1948, which is often cited as a key moment in the emergence of a multicultural British society. Photographed in commercial studios in the latter half of the 19th century, many lay buried deep within the archives for decades, unseen for more than 125 years.
Part of The Missing Chapter project, which aims to bring together a distinct body of photographs that showcases diverse ‘black presences’ in Victorian and Edwardian Britain, offering a unique portrait of black lives and migrant experiences during the decades following the birth of photography in 1839.
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Part of The Missing Chapter project
Auograph's Exhibition in a Box is part of The Missing Chapter: Black Chronicles programme, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. Developed in association with and the generous support of the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images.
Images, from top: 1) Sargano Alicamousa. Aboyne, Scotland 1890s. Photograph by R. Charles Reid Company. Courtesy of Autograph. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. 2) Unidentified Sitter [detail]. Glasgow, date unknown. By T. W. Stephen. Courtesy of Autograph. 3) Maharaja Duleep Singh [detail]. London, circa 1864. By Photo Mayall. Courtesy of Autograph. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.