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Group photo at Kensington High Street Station including Lady Edith Campbell, Arthur Philip Stanhope and Count Arrivabene

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Group photo at Kensington High Street Station including Lady Edith Campbell, Arthur Philip Stanhope and Count Arrivabene, by Unknown photographer, July 1868 - NPG x27688 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Group photo at Kensington High Street Station including Lady Edith Campbell, Arthur Philip Stanhope and Count Arrivabene

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, July 1868
9 3/4in. x 15 1/2in. (248 mm x 394 mm)
Purchased, 1968
Photographs Collection
NPG x27688


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In October 1868 the Metropolitan Railway opened a line extension from Paddington to Gloucester Road via Kensington High Street. This photograph shows the Gladstones and other eminent figures on a trial ride the previous July. Other members of the party include the MP Arthur Philip Stanhope, sculptor and poet Thomas Woolner and esteemed railway engineer Sir John Fowler. William Ewart and Catherine Gladstone are seated at the front and back of the last wagon respectively. Journalists were invited to record such events in the hope that the coverage would allay public concerns about the safety of the network.