Pictorial News Drawing Manipulation

I did this months ago and forgot all about it. I was looking at this illustration of Berner Street 1888…

Berner Street 1888
From ‘The Pictorial News’ 6 October 1888

…and it bugged me a little that all the folk were blocking our view of Dutfield’s yard entrance. So… I asked them to move along… Just for jolly!

Here are the individual illustrations:

Dutfield’s Yard on Sketchfab

This is an untextured 3D model of Berner Street and Dutfield’s Yard which can be viewed in your browser on Sketchfab. If you have VR goggles or a smartphone with VR viewer such as Google Cardboard, you can select the VR mode and walk around the yard in virtual reality.

This model is a very accurate representation of the three known photographs of Berner Street and Dutfield’s yard – those being the two images below and a third image known as Hutchingson’s Dutfield’s Yard (HDY). I can’t show HDY due to copyright restrictions but my 3D image (3rd image) below is a near perfect overlay and shows the apex of the goods dept peeking above the yard. In the sketchfab 3D you can click on ‘annotation 1’ to position the viewpoint in the exact location of the HDY photograph)

HDY 3D version

Sketchfab model – best view in full screen.

Berner St & Dutfield’s Yard 3D

This post 3D maps Berner Street, Dutfield’s Yard and the Goods Dept in Commercial Road. The images below are the ones I’ve used to create the 3D versions:

Warehouse 1

Missing from the images above is Phillip Hutchinson’s ‘Dutfield’s Yard’ (HDY) photograph which cannot be shown due of copyright restrictions – but it can be seen in The Jack the Ripper Location Photographs book which shows a part of the photograph on the front cover:

I’ve recreated the Hutchinson Dutfield’s Yard photograph as an accurate 3D model and at the same time, I’ve modelled the area around Berner Street to include the large industrial building known as the Goods Dept in Gower Street (warehouse 1). This building forms the background to the images above and can clearly be seen in Berner 2 and the HDY photograph (not shown).

So I wanted to bring these photographs together into a single 3D model. I thought it would be interesting to show how it might be possible to recreate the photographs in 3D and to attempt to show an accurate 3D representation of Dutfield’s Yard built using the HDY photograph.

Results below:

The RED dot is the apex of the Goods Dept that is visible in the background of HDY. The BLUE dot is the location of Dutfield’s Yard & the location of the photographer of HDY. Click the images to enlarge them.




Aerial shot of Goods Dept Gower Street


Aerial shot of Goods Dept Gower Street – wider shot showing Dutfield’s Yard
Accurate 3D representation of HDY


Red dot (building apex) and blue dot (HDY photographer)
Accurate 3D representation of HDY photograph.

Once finished, the final 3D model of HDY will be viewable as a ‘walk-thru’. This will enable us to pretty much walk INTO the Hutchinson Dutfield’s Yard photograph and examine the cellar ventilation grate and the rest of the yard.

HDY Reverse Angle
HDY Reverse Angle

An animated .gif. The first frame of this .gif starts from the exact view of the HDY photograph. The body of Elizabeth Stride is in situ.


Latest Dutfields Yard Project Images

Here are some screen shots of my latest project to 3D Dutfield’s Yard & Berner’s Street. I now have a decent setup of the scene which, when finished, will allow you to walk around the yard and up and down Berner’s street as far as The Nelson and cross-roads. Below are some screen shots:

Click to enlarge.











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