A little slidedeck of images of London from 1880 to act as stimulus for discussion of AO3.
It is all too easy for students to imagine Jekyll’s London much as today.
Things to consider as they look at these:
Massive Building work – the tube, gas pipes, slum clearance and redevelopment: all noise, dirt and smells.
For all the wealth and power of the Imperial capital, London and central London in pareticular was immensely poor. Slums were chronic and many families still lived in single rooms in dilapidated tenements in areas like St Giles -modern Soho.
With such information, a clear idea of the relative wealth and hierarchy of the characters can be drawn. Jekyll may be brilliant and reputable, but his choice of dwelling suggests that he is not someone who would be viewed with equanimity by his peers.
We do not know where Carew is walking by the river’, but the area immediately south of this map, crossing The Mall and St James’ Park was a notorious male prostitution area and there is no reason to believe that the river would provide any instant purity.
Enjoy the pictures. I hope they generate discussion.
It is worth making clear that Jekyll’s London is really rather a grubby dirty place possibly reflecting his morality.