Sunday bird fair on Sclater Street - photograph

To the north of Brick Lane on Sclater Street, a Sunday market thrived selling live animals and birds. John Galt photographed the countless larks, thrushes, canaries, pigeons and parrots among other birds on sale to the public. Displayed in small cages, some wrapped in pocket-handkerchiefs, the birds were hung along the walls of the three- and four-storey buildings. More birds and animals were on sale inside the shops. Missionaries from the London City Mission often approached busy market places to spread the word of God to those who may not otherwise enter a church. John Galt, a missionary himself, produced this photo to illustrate the work of the mission in the area.
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whole: 101 x 124 mm
Galt, John
Museum of London

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