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- Object: A real scene in St Pauls Church Yard, on a windy day.
Street-scene, outside the print-shop of Carington Bowles. Foot-passengers are having their hats and wigs blown off, their garments blown violently, by a gust of wind. In the foreground a boy wearing an apron has fallen to the ground, his tray of fish is under the feet of a lady who walks from right to left, holding her hat, a muff in her left hand, her hair, cloak, and petticoats streaming behind her. A stout woman in profile farther to the right tries to catch her wig and hat which have blown from her head, she wears a cloak trimmed with ermine. Other walkers clutch and lose their hats with expressions of anger.
Behind (left), each of twenty-eight panes of the shop-window is occupied by a print, as in BMSat 3758 (1774), another view of this shop, the margins being displayed, and the titles almost legible. The top row consists of seven prints of divines, in which, as in 3758, well-known mezzotint portraits of John Wesley and Whitefield are conspicuous. The other prints are humorous, among them are BMSat 3753, 3754 (1782), 5953 (these three are partly cut off by the left margin of the print), 5951, 5952, 5954, 5955. 5950, 5956, 6348.
Over the shop window, partly cut off by the upper edge of the design, is the name of the shop, '[...Map& Prin]t Warehouse', in large letters.
On the right appears the door of the adjoining house, inscribed '68', with its railings and part of the front of the house. c.1783
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Height: 350 millimetres
Width: 250 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Description from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', V, 1935)
The original water-colour for this is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (325 x 250mm), and has been much reproduced.
An impression with Andrew Edmunds in 2015 was dated 9 June 1783
See also an uncoloured impression 1880,1113.3312
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2000 Oct-Dec, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Popular Print in England
2001 Feb-Apr, Glasgow, Hunterian AG, Popular Print in England
2001 Apr-Jun, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Popular Print in England
2001 Jun-Aug, Bradford, Cartwright Hall, Popular Print in England
2012 August BM, Room 90 Posture prints
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