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Girls round a lampost, Southam Street
1959; printed (c. 1960)

gelatin silver photograph
23.6 × 28.7 cm (image) 23.6 × 28.9 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
London, England
inscribed in pencil (on reverse) u.l.: GIRLS ROUND A LAMPOST, SOUTHAM STREET / VINTAGE PRINT c'60
inscribed in pencil (on reverse) c.: Roger Mayne '59 24057
Accession Number
International Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of The Herald & Weekly Times, Ltd., Fellow, 1990
© The Estate of Roger Mayne
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Daryl and Anne Whinney
Gallery location
Not on display
Mayne’s images of street life in the working class suburb of Notting Dale (now known as Notting Hill) are a celebratory picture of another aspect of London life that is now long gone. Southam Street, once regarded as one of the poorest and toughest parts of London, was demolished in 1969 and the families moved out to make way for new housing developments.