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Camden Town Group Locations Revisited

Photographer: Joseph Waller

The exterior locations favoured by the Camden Town painters in their commitment to rendering an urban modernity, the grime and occasional grandeur of the streets of North London, and the optimism of the newer garden suburbs, produced works dismissed by some contemporary critics as mawkish or sentimental, while lauded by others for offering a redemptive aesthetic of the city.

Joseph Waller’s photographs revisit four of the paintings from the exhibition. His treatment emulates the brilliant vibrating colour combinations favoured by the Camden Town Group to tell a story of contemporary London, still beautiful in spite of itself.

Anne Witchard, University of Westminster



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Robert Bevan, Belsize Park (1917) From Museum of London collection:
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Joseph Waller, Belsize Park, 25th August 2009


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Spencer Gore, Mornington Crescent (1911) From British Council collection:
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Joseph Waller, Mornington Crescent, 25 August 2009



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William Ratcliffe, Clarence Gardens (1912) From Tate collection:
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Joseph Waller Clarence Gardens, 25 August 2009



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William Ratcliffe, Hampstead Garden Suburb from Willifield Way (1914) From Tate collection:
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Joseph Waller , Hampstead Garden Suburb from Willifield Way, 25 August2009



To Cite This Article:

Joseph Waller, ‘Camden Town Group Locations Revisited’. Literary London: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London, Volume 8 Number 1 (March 2010). Online at Accessed on [date of access].