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Charles Chusseau-Flaviens’ Petticoat Lane

April 14, 2024
by the gentle author

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Petticoat Lane

Photographer Charles Chusseau-Flaviens came to London from Paris and took these pictures, reproduced courtesy of George Eastman House, before the First World War – mostly likely in 1911. This date is suggested by his photograph of the proclamation of the coronation of George V which took place in that year. Very little is known of Chusseau-Flaviens except he founded one of the world’s first picture agencies, located at 46 Rue Bayen,  and he operated through the last decade of the nineteenth and first decade of the twentieth century. Although their origin is an enigma, Chusseau-Flaviens’ photographs of London and especially of Petticoat Lane constitute a rare and precious vision of a lost world.

Petticoat Lane

Sandys Row with Frying Pan Alley to the right

Proclamation of the coronation of George V, 1911

Crossing sweeper in the West End

Policeman on the beat in Oxford Circus, Regent St

Beating the bounds for the Tower of London, Trinity Sq

Boats on the Round Pond, Kensington Gardens

Suffragette in Trafalgar Sq

Photographs courtesy George Eastman House

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6 Responses leave one →
  1. April 14, 2024

    Very special pictures!

  2. Winnie permalink
    April 14, 2024

    I love these.
    Very special indeed.

  3. Mark permalink
    April 14, 2024

    They must be good if the great John Claridge likes em. Can I just say I’m a bit of a fan. Thanks for your brilliant, inspirational work.

  4. Cherub permalink
    April 14, 2024

    I miss Petticoat Lane, bought the shoes and bag for my wedding there in 1986. Trawled all over the West End for weeks, then found what I was looking for “down the lane”.

  5. Christine permalink
    April 14, 2024

    These photos are amazing of a world we will never see again! Wandered up Petticoat Lane last year and it’s embarrassing what they sell now and no characters ! Even just 20 years ago it was better than what’s there now!

  6. Martin James MBE permalink
    April 15, 2024

    Great set of photographs.

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