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  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1804 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Craig, William Marshall (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Water-colour, pen and ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Pat Schleger according to Judy Brook's wishes and in her memory

  • Museum number:

    E.857-2000

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 174, box A

This watercolour shows a man selling band-boxes outside a Bond Street bookshop. It is one of 31 similar works which William Marshall Craig (c.1750-c.1828) produced to illustrate Modern London, a guide book published by Richard Phillips in 1804. The V&A already possesses 10 watercolours from the series.

The bookshop shown in this watercolour was owned by Benjamin Tabart (1767/8-1833), who also ran his specialist children's publishing company, The Juvenile & School Library, from the premises. As fellow publishers and possibly former business partners, Tabart and Richard Phillips were closely connected: advertising, selling and even reprinting one another's books. That Craig was instructed to illustrate Tabart's shop was evidently a friendly gesture on Phillips' part; probably he hoped to offer his colleague a bit of free publicity.

Physical description

Watercolour showing a man carrying a variety of hat boxes strung on a pole. He is passing a bookshop, above which is a plaque reading 'Bond Street'. The name of the shop is given as the 'Biblioteque d'Education' and there is a signboard reading 'Juvenile/ & School/ Library/ B.Tabart'

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1804 (made)

Artist/maker

Craig, William Marshall (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Water-colour, pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Buy a bonnet Box.
picture title; Margin: above centre; Handwriting; Pen and ink

W M Craig
1) Signature; Margin: below centre; Handwriting; Pen and ink

corner of Grafton Street With Bond Street
Textual information; Margin: below right; Handwriting; Pen and ink

The Juvenile & School Library.
B. Tabart
No.157
Textual information; On the back; Handwriting; Pen and ink

Dimensions

Height: 15.4 cm, Width: 11.5 cm

Descriptive line

Watercolour by William Marshall Craig showing a man selling hat boxes on Bond Street, London. Reproduced as an aquatint in Richard Phillips' 'Modern London' of 1804.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Celina Fox, 'Londoners', Thames & Hudson, 1987, pp.124, 144, 146, 163-4
Richard Phillips, 'Modern London', 1804/5

Labels and date

William Marshall Craig (British, active c.1788 - c.1828)
Buy A Bonnet Box, 1804
Watercolour
E.857-2000

Bequeathed by Judy Brook

This watercolour shows a man selling band-boxes outside a Bond Street bookshop. It is one of 31 similar works which William Marshall Craig produced to illustrate Modern London, a guide book published by Richard Phillips in 1804. Since the V&A already possesses 10 watercolours from the series, this new acquisition is an especially welcome addition to the collection.

The bookshop shown in this watercolour was owned by Benjamin Tabart (1767/8-1833), who also ran his specialist children's publishing company, The Juvenile & School Library, from the premises. As fellow publishers and possibly former business partners, Tabart and Richard Phillips were closely connected: advertising, selling and even reprinting one another's books. That Craig was instructed to illustrate Tabart's shop was evidently a friendly gesture on Phillips' part; probably he hoped to offer his colleague a bit of free publicity. []

Production Note

Attribution note: Intended for engraving as a book illustration

Materials

Watercolour; Paper; Pen and ink

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Occupations, trading; Bonnets; Bookshops; Trade; Hats; Working class

Categories

Paintings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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