Two men stand on the sidewalk under a street lamp, one of whom is a dustman with a pipe sticking out of his cap who asks the other, a large tradesman in an apron about his emaciated, muzzled dog. The dialogue below the title reads: I say Joe, what makes you Muzzle Brutus? Vy he’s such a beggar for grub, he’d spile his shape in 5 minnits if it was off, and he only got sight of a butcher’s shop
Title: Symmetry [graphic].
Publication: [London] : Published by G. Tregear, 123 Cheapside, London, [not after 1833]
Title: The cries of London, as they are daily exhibited in the streets : with an epigram in verse, adapted to each. Embellished with sixty-two elegant cuts. To which is added, a description of the metropolis in verse.
Publication: London : Printed for F. Newbery, at the corner of St. Paul’s Church-Yard, 1775.
A trade card for Thomas Martin, illustrated around the perimeter with tools of his trade including various kinds of knives and a fork, scissors, pocket books, belt buckles, and cocks. Also in three corners are images of a composer seated before type trays, a printer working at his press, and a weaver working his loom.
Creator: Martin, Thomas, active 1783-1795.
Title: Thomas Martin, No. 44 Gracechurch Street, London [graphic] : wholesale hardwareman, pocket book maker, printer & silk weaver … / Jones fecit, Crown Court near St. Anna Soho.
Publication: [London] : [Thomas Martin], [between 1783 and 1795?]
A trade card for ThomasSabine, illustrated with tools of the printing trade along the tops and sides and below with three illustrations showing tradesmen at work: at a rolling press, a composer in front of type drawers, and two men working a letterpress.
Creator: Sabine, T. (Thomas), -1810, printmaker, publisher.
Title: ThomasSabine,letterpress and copperplateprinter at the London & Middlesex Printing Office, No. 81 Shoe Lane, Fleet Street [graphic].
Publication: [London] : [Thomas Sabine], [between 1785 and 1804]
Title: Crabb’s new book of trades : containing an account of the origin and present state of most of the trades practised in England : with neat embellishments.
Published: London : Printed and published by T. Crabb, 15, John Street, Blackfriars Road : Sold also by J. Bysh, Paternoster Row : C. Penny, Wood Street : R. Hill, and Lingley and Belch, Borough : and all other Booksellers, [between 1818 and 1821?]
A cat is hanging from a tree outside St Luke’s Hospital for Lunatics in Old Street, London, condemned by a man dressed as a Quaker, with a tartan cloak. The on-lookers call him a ‘Merry Andrew’ (i.e. a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior), believing him to be a resident of the building behind (renamed St Andrew’s). The Quaker has a number of petitions and bills under his arm. Between 1830 and 1847 the M.P. for Wigtownshire, Sir Andrew Agnew, introduced four bills to the House of Commons attempting to enforce the better Observance of the Sabbath. On his third attempt Charles Dickens wrote ‘Sunday Under Three Heads’ (1836), a personal attack on Agnew, whom he described as a fanatic, motivated by resentment of the idea that those poorer than himself might have any pleasure in life. Agnew left Parliament in 1837, ending the campaign.
Printmaker: Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, printmaker.
Title: The modern Puritan [graphic] : hanging a cat on a Monday for killing a mouse on a Sunday!!! / C.J. Grant.
Published: London : Pubd. by G. Tregear, 123 Cheapside, April 1833.
The more finished of the two wash drawing on recto shows a drunken tradesman (perhaps sailor or dustman) holding onto a post. Above him is written by the artist, “Niccup who are ye staring at. Take a little sober advice and go home for you seem to be beastly intosticated [sic].” On the verso, a graphite drawing of a baker(?). On the verso a pencil sketch of the same tradesman, unfinished.
Creator: Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852, artist.
Roger Payne, bookbinder, shown whole length leaning over to the left as he puts a book into a book press in his workroom; on the floor at his feet other books. He is a very thin, frail looking man with hollow cheeks. The room is otherwise empty and in disrepair with cracks in the walls. To the right is a fire blazing in a fireplace with cups and bowls on the mantel, a cup on the grate, and others on the sill of a casement window (left).