The Sweet Shop

This Victorian photograph shows a young girl looking longingly at sweets in a shop window. It is deliberately-posed, rather than taken at random by the photographer. We know it’s Winter as there is snow on the ground and there might be a clue to the location, as the poster in the window is headed ‘East Street Baptist Church’, and there is still a church of that name in Walworth, South London. However, we shouldn’t believe everything we see. The photograph was hand-coloured when it was published in the 1890s, so the snow might just be white paint, applied by the artist to enhance their message, which was the plight of the poor in Victorian cities.

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