Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
Time: December 12, 2008 to March 16, 2009
Location: Church Farmhouse Museum
Street: Greyhound Hill
Website or Map: http://www.churchfarmhousemus…
Phone: 020 8359 3942
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Church Farmhouse Museum
Latest Activity: Feb 7, 2009
Historic Views of London is an exhibition of photographs from part of the Howarth-Loomes Collection, now held at the National Monuments Record in Swindon.
The collection is the subject of a book by Dr Ann Saunders. The exhibition is at Church Farmhouse Museum, Greyhound Hill, Hendon, until March 16. Open Monday to Thursday, 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am 5.30pm, Sunday 2pm to 5.30pm. It is closed 1pm to 2pm daily and all of Friday. Entry is free.
Bernard Howarth- Loomes (1931-2003) was a life-long collector of photographs and photographic equipment. His particular enthusiasm was for stereoscopic photography, which became very popular after it had excited the Royal Family’s interest at the Great Exhibition of 1851. (Visitors to the exhibition will be able to view Victorian 3D photographs through stereoscopes.)
Although the Howarth-Loomes collection is now in the keeping of National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh, its collector lived in Barnet, London, and it was at Church Farmhouse Museum that he first exhibited some of his photographs in 1971. The current exhibition is based on a new book (also entitled Historic Views of London), edited by the distinguished historian of London, Dr Ann Saunders, and published by English Heritage. The book reprints over half of the 350 photographs of Greater London which Howarth- Loomes allowed the National Monuments Record collection to copy.
Howarth-Loomes’s interest was in photography itself, not just in photographs of a particular place or subject, and so his collection is essentially random. But there are many treasures in it: masts, sails and steam boats throng the Thames; a ghostly Euston Arch proclaims the coming of the railways; troops march to the Front with drums and pipes. Views of the Kodak factory in Wealdstone are followed by glimpses of the sumptuously fitted Eastman- Kodak shops in Central London.
For more information, call 020 8359 3942.