|Etching with original hand colouring
|Sold by R. Marshall, at No.4, in Aldermay Church Yard London. [c. 1770]
|Image 367 x 476 mm, Plate 417 x 498 mm, Sheet 458 x 574 mm.
Saint Monday was the traditional unoffical holiday that was taken by tradesmen during the 18th and early 19th centuries. This print depicts nine tradesmen enjoying the holiday; a weaver, barber, tailor, blacksmith, cobbler, butcher, carpenter, bricklayer and house-painter play skittles in a tavern garden. To the left is the weaver's wife, arriving to berate him.
It is belived that this broadside print is loosely based upon a painting produced by Francis Hayman in the early 1740s for the supper boxes at Vauxhall Gardens; The Play of Skittles and the Husband upbraided by the Wife. Although the painting is lost, its composition is recorded in a drawing housed at Birmingham City Art Gallery.
Fifteen lines of verse beneath image.
Condition: Discolouration to margins, light stains to image, and small tears along edges and centre fold.