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The Gentle Author’s Lantern Shows

October 23, 2013
by the gentle author

The publication of my Album gives me a wonderful excuse to stage live presentations of some of the photos of London I love the most and, announcing the first shows today, gives me the opportunity to publish more unseen glass slides from the hundred year-old collection of the London & Middlesex Archaeological Society at the Bishopsgate Institute – like this enigmatic picture of an unidentified street plastered with bills.



Monday 28th October 7pm at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Rd, E1

I will be showing and talking about my favourite pictures of London, both past & present.

Free admission but tickets must be reserved by emailing



Thursday 31st October 6:30pm at Westminster Arts Library, Leicester Sq, WC2

I will be showing the lantern slides of London 100 years ago from the collection of the London &  Middlesex Archaeological Society with live piano accompaniment by David Power, the eighty-six-year-old Showman, and Henrietta Keeper, thirty-year-veteran of Tate & Lyle Concert Parties, will be singing the songs of old London.

Presented by Salon for the City and sponsored by Hendricks Gin

Tickets £7 & £4 available from We Go Tickets


If you are a bookseller in London and you would like me to come and do a magic lantern show in your shop before Christmas please email me  If you are a retailer and you would like to sell copies of The Gentle Author’s London Album please email who deals with trade orders.


Holborn Bars

Women shelling peas at Covent Garden Market

Graffitied doorway at Westminster School

The Monument

Leicester Sq

The throne of England, Westminster Abbey

In Fleet St

St George St, Hanover Sq

In Pump Court, Middle Temple

Chopping block & executioner’s mask at the Tower of London

Raven at the Tower of London

Rays of sunlight in St Bartholomew-the-Great

Unknown street with billboards

At the back of St Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield

Delivering newsprint to the News of the World and Boys Own Paper off Fleet St

Watch House at Newgate

Farringdon Rd

Funeral effigy of Nelson in Westminster Abbey

In Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Westminster Abbey

Paddington Station

St Ethelburga’s, Bishopsgate

St Lukes, Old St, on a foggy day

Lantern slides courtesy Bishopsgate Institute


This course will examine the essential questions which must be addressed if you wish to write a blog that people will want to read.

A few places are still available  on my two-day course this weekend at The Guardian, 90 York Way, N1

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October, 10am – 5pm

Book your place online at Event Brite

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Paul Kelly permalink
    October 23, 2013

    The first picture of an unidentified street could possibly be the beginning of a bridge.Notice how it gently slopes upwards and in the backdrop there are no other buildings suggesting maybe the river? It’s just a guess. I wonder if we’ll ever know?

  2. Terry Basson permalink
    October 23, 2013

    Wonderful scenes of the past showing how in some pictures we relied on horse power.

    Looking at places before I was born I am hopeful that as time moves on we shall be able to see the future and what will our children face.

  3. October 23, 2013

    I love these old photographs of London and what always strikes me, is the space – there seems to have been so much more space. The throne is also absolutely brilliant, so un-pompous.

  4. Peter Holford permalink
    October 23, 2013

    I always find these Bishopsgate Institute slides enthralling. More please!

  5. Elli (Elizabeth) permalink
    October 24, 2013

    Thanks so much for sharing these old photographs, the buildings are absolutely wonderful.
    The Throne always amazes me, I have read that without the stone block underneath (clearly shown here) it would not be possible for a King or Queen to be crowned. I would love to find out more about this odd fact.

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