London Canal Museum
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Exhibition now on: Until 7th AugustThe Fabulous Photos of Mr. Beal an exhibition of portraits of canal people on The Regent's Canal from 1906 by the late Mr. W. M. Beal. Beal's pictures were taken for use in a pair of Lantern Lectures which he gave around the London area. One was about the river Thames, and all the slides from that are sadly presumed lost. The other was entitled "Through London on a Monkey Boat" and 50 out of 84 slides have survived and are now in the museum's archive collection. 17 slides showing portraits of the people that Beal encountered on his visits to the canal have been selected for this exhibition. They are rare for the period in showing ordinary people at work and leisure, using The Regent's Canal as a place to swim, work, and even for gambling. Beal was a fine photographer and the exhibition shows some of his best work.
London Canal Museum is the London museum of inland waterways, telling the story of the capital's canals from their early days as vital trade routes, to today's corridors of leisure and urban greenery for boats, walkers, and cyclists. Come and visit us soon!
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