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The New Whitechapel Art Gallery

The New Whitechapel Art Gallery.jpg Toynbee Hall and St. Jude’s ChurchThumbnailsThe East London MissionToynbee Hall and St. Jude’s ChurchThumbnailsThe East London Mission

(The building to the right is a free library.)

Some of the people, but not many, go off westward and wander about the halls of the British Museum. I do not know why they go there, because ancient Egypt is to them no more than modern Mexico, and the Etruscan vases are no more interesting than the “Souvenir of Margate,” which costs a penny. But they do go; they roam from room to room with listless indifference, seeing nothing. In the same spirit of curiosity, baffled yet satisfied, they go to the South Kensington Museum and gaze upon its treasures of art; or they go to the National Portrait Gallery, finding in Queen Anne Boleyn a striking likeness to their own Maria, but otherwise not profiting in any discoverable manner by the contents of the gallery. And some of them go to the National Gallery, where there are pictures which tell stories.

East London
By Walter Besant
Published in 1901
Available from gutenberg.org