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Hot Loaves

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (Made)

  • Date:

    1804 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Craig, William Marshall (Artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour, pen and ink on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Watercolour showing man with a basket of bread on his back. In one hand he is holding a bell. In the background is the Church of St Martin in the Fields.

Place of Origin

London (Made)


1804 (Made)


Craig, William Marshall (Artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour, pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

W M. CRAIG. 1804
Signature; date; Margin: below centre; Handwriting; Pen and ink

Hot loaves
picture title; Margin: above centre; Handwriting; Pen and ink

St. Martin's Church.
Textual information; Margin: below centre; Handwriting; Pen and ink

Bill of the Play
Rabbit man
Spice Gingerbread
These are the titles of five of the 31 watercolours produced by Craig for Richard Phillips' 'Modern London' of 1804.
Textual information; On the back; Handwriting; Pencil


Height: 14.8 cm This watercolour was made on a sheet of paper that was first folded into two halves - these dimensions reflect the visible top half only, Width: 11.3 cm

Object history note

Purchased along with 8040.1-8 and 8040.10 from W. Headlam, November 10 1874. The purchase price below is for the group.

Descriptive line

Watercolour by William Marshall Craig showing a man selling bread on St. Martin's Lane, London, 1804. 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
p.87, pl.76
British watercolours : 1750-1950 / Katherine Coombs. London: V&A Publications, 2012

Production Note

Attribution note: Intended to be engraved as a book illustration


Watercolour; Pen and ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Working class; Trade; Bread; Clapper bells; Bakers; Occupations, Trading; Bread baskets



Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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