Romance of Shop: Charing Cross Station, Wapping Project, and The Brunel Museum

Whitney and I first visited Charing Cross Station, which is next to York Place where Frank Jermyn and Mr. Oakley share a studio. Frank and Mr. Oakley provide opportunities for the sisters to take photographs of draperies but as we discussed in class, the men’s intentions could be brought into question. The lower portion of York Place now houses a Five Guys location. Located down the street from Charing Station, one will find the National Gallery. In the novel, Frank sends his ingravings to the Royal Academy which was relocated to the Natinal Gallery in 1868. Lord Watergte hopes that the sisters will make slides for a presentation that his is to give at the Royal Accademy. Pictured below is Charing Cross Station, The National Gallery, York Place, and the building across from York Place where the Lorimer sisters would have kept shop and resided.

Whitney and I attempted to visit the Wapping Project but learned from a bookshop owner that it had closed two years ago. It was a venue that housed photographic exhibitions and at one point, was home to a collection of work by Annie Leibovitz, a re known female photographer. Jules Wright, the operator of the venue, supported many young artists during the venue’s operation.

The Brunel Museum is a museum in the Brunel Engine House that was designed by Sir Marc Isambard Brunel during the Victorian period and was part of the infastructure of the Thames Tunnel. The museum holds artwork and provides a performance space for various events. Whitney and I attempted to view the contents and renovated tunnel shaft, but they did not accept debit/credit cards. Brunel was famous engineer and designed machines that provided work for many unskilled laborers in the early 19th century. Brunel’s work became the basis for what we now know as London’s underground tunnel system that provides transportation across the city. Brunel’s tunnel involved the laying of millions of bricks and opened at the Wapping side of the Thames in 1842.



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