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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1862,0614.120

  • Description

    A Cowkeeper's shop in Golden Lane; a dairy shop, with name over the door, selling eggs, butter and cream, cows visible in stables beyond, man filling a churn of milk near the foreground. 1825 Watercolour

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1825
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 140 millimetres
    • Width: 225 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed and dated: "g Scharf del" and with descriptive notes and on a separate sheet: "This I drew in Golden Lane in the City, in order to compare it with an elegant Milk Shop in the Quadrant, Piccadilly"
  • Curator's comments

    Catalogue entry from J.Kierkuc-Bielinski, 'George Scharf', exh. Soane Museum, 2009 (no. 44):
    From the mid-eighteenth century London, as the capital of the largest maritime trading empire that had yet arisen, was probably the greatest shopping emporium of the globe. It was certainly the largest city in the world and its inhabitants became fashionable consumers. With his drawing 'Westminster Dairy in the Quadrant, Regent Street, near Piccadilly Circus' (1862,0614.122), Scharf examines the change in taste amongst Londoners. The two drawings were purposefully paired as Scharf explained on a note written on the recto: ‘This I drew in Golden Lane in order to compare it with an elegant milk shop in the Quadrant, Piccadilly’. Golden Lane, in the East End, was located in one of the less salubrious areas of the city and was a well-know hideout for thieves. Scharf has shown the old milk shop front; a plaster cow advertising the shop’s trade, recalls the old fashioned eighteenth-century shop signs that by the 1820s had been removed from the landscape of the street in more fashionable areas. Milk and eggs are being sold fresh from the animals from the counter to the left – at the back of the shop Scharf has clearly shown the cows waiting to be milked in their stalls.
    See also Curator's comments 1862,0614.122
    Selected literature: P. Jackson, 'George Scharf’s London: Sketches and Watercolours of a Changing City. 1820-50' (London, 1987); Peter Jackson MSS Index.

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  • Location

    Not on display (British Roy PV)

  • Exhibition history

    1992 Jun-Nov, Essen, Villa Hugel, London 1800-38, no. 113
    2009 Mar-Jun, London, Sir John Soane Museum, George Scharf

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1862

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1862,0614.120

A Cowkeeper's shop in Golden Lane; a dairy shop, with name over the door, selling eggs, butter and cream, cows visible in stables beyond, man filling a churn of milk near the foreground. 1825 Watercolour

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A Cowkeeper's shop in Golden Lane; a dairy shop, with name over the door, selling eggs, butter and cream, cows visible in stables beyond, man filling a churn of milk near the foreground. 1825 Watercolour

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