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January 14, 2015
by the gentle author

‘My pretty little Gimy Tarters for a ha’penny a stick…’-Paul Sandby-1760-Plate 2 from the Twelve Cries of London. ‘My pretty little Gimy Tarters for a ha’penny a stick or a penny a stick, or a stick to beat your wives or dust your cloths’. In the foreground an eldery ‘gimy tarter’ (whip seller) carries a bundle of whips under his arm and holds one aloft, above his head. In the background, left, by a door with a scissors symbol above the mantle, a buxom woman pulls at the nose of a kneeling man whilst whipping him; on the right a similar scene, a man holding a woman’s arm behind her back proceeds to whip her

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