British or Brixton

J. J. O'Molloy, musing on empires, remarks "gently" that the phrase imperium romanum "sounds nobler than British or Brixton." He is echoing George Moore's contemptuous observation that the British empire exported suburban values around the world.

John Hunt 2023

1905 portrait of George Moore by an unknown artist, held in the National Gallery of Ireland. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

An early motorbus beside a horse-drawn bus in London ca. 1900.

Commuters, ca.1929 oil on board painting by George Lambourn.