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Night (BM 1868,0822.1549) - Public domain scan / engraving


Night (BM 1868,0822.1549) - Public domain scan / engraving



Scene near Charing Cross with le Sueur's equestrian statue of Charles I in the background and celebrations of the anniversary of the Restoration of Charles II (29 May, known as "Oak Apple Day"); in the foreground a drunken freemason (probably the corrupt magistrate Sir Thomas De Veil) is supported by a serving man; to left a barber is seen at work through a window, a chamber pot is being emptied from a window above and below a man and woman sleep beneath a wooden shelter and a link boy crouches beside them; to right the Salisbury Flying Coach has crashed while trying to avoid a bonfire in the middle of the street; shop and tavern signs include the barber's (advertising "Shaving Bleeding & Teeth Drawn wth. a Touch Ecce Signum"), the Rummer Tavern, the Earl of Cardigan, the Bagnio and the New Bagnio. 1738
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1850 - 1950


British Museum

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