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St. James's day.

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • St. James's day.
  • Description

    An oyster-stall: two tubs filled with oysters are on a table (left), a man (seated) and a young woman open oysters. A barber kneels upon a wig-box to eat oysters; a small boy picks his pocket of a comb. A man stands behind, stiffly expectant. A woman walks off to the right carrying a plate of oysters and a small covered pot to an eager cobbler in his stall. A knock-kneed sweep (right) inspects an oyster in his hand. On the ground (left) is an empty tub and a mound of oyster-shells. Behind are roofs and spires. 5 August 1793
    Hand-coloured etching


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1793
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 199 millimetres
    • Width: 246 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered: 'Published as the Act directs, August 5, 1793, by T. Prattent 46 Cloth Fair West Smithfield, London.'
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VII, 1942)
    St. James's day is 25 July; one of his emblems is a shell. This and BMSats 8403, 8404 are similar in character to the 'Drolls' published by Sayer.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8402 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British 1793 Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat)   Hand-coloured etching

FOR DESCRIPTION SEE GEORGE (BMSat) Hand-coloured etching

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