Source 5

Picture entitled: ‘The meeting on Kennington Common-from a Daguerreotype’, 15 April 1848, the Illustrated London News, Catalogue ref: ZPER 34/12.

This shows a Chartist meeting held on Kennington Common, London. There was a platform for speakers to stand and address the crowd. A daguerreotype was an image created by a photographic process popular in 1840s and 1850s.

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