Esoteric London

No. 766: Endell Street, WC2

Posted in London Labour, London Types, Shops by esotericlondon on February 4, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_7569 copy

Endell Street, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2013

Sketches of London Life and Character – Albert Smith et. al., [1859]

The Lounger in Regent Street – Angus B. Reach

It is high noon in Regent Street. At every shop-door the big-calved, gaudy-plushed footmen cluster. By every lamp-post the dealers in poodles and terriers and spaniel pups congregate. Men with pen-knives, which seem all blades, abound. Along the kerb-stone, itinerant venders of prints, and stain-cleaning pastes, and mosaic gold chains, and studs, display their merchandise; and round the corner, near the tavern door, the Italian boy grinds his piano-organ in dumb show. Happily, the music of the wheels drowns the noise of the instrument.
The shops are as brilliant as they may be. How richly falls the drapery of those emblazoned shawls through the fair plate-glass. How the rows of “loves of bonnets,” each upon its peg, gladden and sadden at the same moment bright female eyes. How chastely luscious in its artistic network depend the rich clusters of precious old-fashioned lace.