H. Scott Orr (1881-1972):
The Theatreland Raid, 13th October 1915
Unframed (ref: 6374)
An original large glass plate negative, the glass plate with blue tint, edged in tape, a small label lower right dated `13 Oct 1915 H. Scott Orr`, in tissue wraps and original fitted card box, 258mm x 303mm; together with a postcard of the same view, stamped `H.Scott Orr Copyright`, the reverse inscribed `Published by Permission of the Official Press Bureau, Whitehall S.W.`,
Provenance: The estate of the photographer, by descent.
H. Scott Orr (1881-1972) was one of the first photographers to document aerial warfare. The rare large glass plate negative documents the `Theatreland Raid` of 13 October 1915, when five airships dropped bombs on central London damaging the Lyceum Theatre and surrounding streets. It pre-dates Orr`s famous series of images documenting the destruction of the German Zeppelin SL-11 which is notable for being the first Zeppelin to be shot down during WI.
Series of photographs, refnr 10072