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[CRAIG, William Marshall] : ST. GILES’S CHURCH : SAND O!
[London : Richard Phillips, 1804]. An attractive and unusual antique print – the sand-man and his barrow outside the church of St. Giles in the Fields. The sand was sold for cleaning kitchen utensils and strewing on the floor to protect the floorboards – "a carpet of small expense and easy to be renewed". White sand cost five farthings a peck, but red sand was twice as much. Engraved from an original study by William Marshall Craig (fl.1788-1828), water-colour painter to Queen Charlotte. Originally produced for Phillips’ part-work “Modern London : Being the History and Present State of the British Metropolis” (London : 1804), but here in a slightly later impression with the outer ruled border, imprint and credit burnished out.
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SHEPHERD, Thomas Hosmer, 1793-1864 : [HIGH HOLBORN] BROAD STREET, BLOOMSBURY.
[London : Jones & Co., 1831]. An attractive antique print – a view looking westward down Broad Street (the former name for the western end of High Holborn as it approaches High Street St. Giles), with the spire of St. Giles in the Fields in the background – an animated street scene with carriages, groups of pedestrians and some itinerant street-vendors. Engraved by William Woolnoth (1780-1837) from an original study by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd, the master recorder of nineteenth-century London. From Shepherd’s series “London and its Environs in the Nineteenth Century” (London : 1829-1832).
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[?WILLIAMS, Charles] : DOCTOR SYNTAX ROBBED IN ST. GILES.
[London : J. Johnston, 1820]. An attractive and unusual antique print, the naive and pedantic fictional character, Doctor Syntax, encounters ruffians and pickpockets near St. Giles in the Fields. Attributed to various artists, of whom the most likely is perhaps Charles Williams (fl.1797-1830). Originally produced for the partwork “The Tour of Doctor Syntax through London, or the Pleasures and Miseries of the Metropolis” (1820).
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