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Nameless and Thankless in the Wheels of the City

Smith, John Thomas (1766 London 1833). Simplers. Back view of three female representatives of these poorest of the poor on their walk bringing wares into the City at early hours. Etching. Inscribed: 26. / TS (ligated), otherwise as above + below. 7⅜ × 4½ in (18.8 × 11.4 cm).

John Thomas Smith, Simplers

Beall E 49; Lipperh. Gcb 12; Exhibition Cat. Bremen, 1976, no. 39. – Sheet 26 of The Cries of London … Itinerant Traders of antient and modern Times, copied from rare engravings, or drawn from the life produced about 1819 and published 1839, here from the latter. – Below depiction and monogram legible only up to a point and partially cancelled two lines in italics as obviously erased in the plate, alluding to a funny earlier and extolled crier of famous London Town. – On the latter see Nagler XVI, 529 f. + Thieme-Becker XXXI, 174. – In the wide white margin on two sides touch of feeble foxing.

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