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January 14, 2015
by the gentle author

‘Do you want any spoons, any hard-mettle spoons…’ Paul Sandby-1760-Plate 11 from the Twelve Cries of London. ‘Do you want any spoons, any hard-mettle spoons. Have you any old brass or pewter to sell or change?’ In the foreground two sellers; on the left a man smoking a pipe bangs a pot whilst carrying bellows on his back; the other a woman wearing a bonnet carries a basket of spoons. In the background a sketchy outline of St Paul’s Cathedral.

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