A portrait of Charles Booth

Portrait of Charles Booth (1902)Historic Collections often receives requests for images from the collections for publication or broadcast; one of the most requested items for reproduction is this 1902 portrait of Charles Booth at his desk (MS797/II/96/2).  The photograph has been reproduced in a range of publications and is featured in the current BBC / Open University series The Secret History of Our Streets, which traces the development of six London streets since Booth produced his survey of Life and Labour in London in the 1880s with its famous colour-coded poverty maps.

The portrait is part of the Booth Family Papers (MS797) and also features, among other family photographs, on the Charles Booth Online Archive, which provides access to material from the Booth Collection at the London School of Economics Archives on the survey into life and labour.


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