The Children of the Poor is an exhibition in Guildford House of illustrations by Edith Farmiloe of children in the parishes of Soho and Hackney around 1895-1909.
Some of them, which are used here, are taken from the book Rag, Tag, and Bobtail (1899) which was illustrated by Edith Farmiloe with verse by Winifred Parnell.
The illustrations in Guildford House showed children playing a game where you hit a bicycle wheel down the street with a stick (I cannot recall what it is called), playing hopscotch.
Sadly I did not give the exhibition the attention it deserved as I was on my way to Godalming (a mistake).
Edith Farmiloe wrote about and illustrated the children who lived in the parishes of her husband, first in Soho, then in Hackney.
This was the world my grandparents grew up in as children.
The exhibition was like seeing the world of Charles Dickens brought to life.
She was a self-taught artist.
The exhibition in Guildford House, in the cobbled High Street in Guildford ends on Saturday 13 October 2012. It cries out for an extension.