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A large crowd gathers round a Punch and Judy show on the streets of London. Houghton pays less attention to the entertainment, which is barely visible, than to the variety of people in the audience. For example, the smartly-dressed child standing in the foreground contrasts with the distracted street urchin next to her. The man in uniform is a lamplighter who appeared each evening to light the streets.Houghton was known for his small oil paintings of vivid scenes of life in Victorian London, which were partly inspired by the eighteenth-century artist, William Hogarth.

July 2007