Image: Kings Bench Walk #1
(active 1928-1975)

Kings Bench Walk #1 , c. 1930s

Silver bromide print
10 5/8 in. x 14 in. (26.99 cm x 35.56 cm)
Gift of Howard Greenberg
The coarsely textured paper on which Marsh printed this photograph emphasizes the misty appearance of London's evening fog.  King's Bench Walk, a row of eighteenth-century townhouses that serve as law offices, is part of a complex of law courts in central London.  It is also where a prime suspect for the Jack the Ripper murders had his offices in the late 1880s.  Whether Marsh intended any connection between his image and the infamous crimes is unknown, but this deserted street scene nonetheless has a moody, even eerie, feel.
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