Tim Besom. Making a clear way for others, that he may clear a path for himself.
London Published by Tho.s McLean, 26 Haymarket 1827.
Coloured aquatint. 390 x 265mm (15¼ x 26¼"). Tear entering plate, one tear in margin.
"Tim Besom" is probably taken from the Glaswegian slang for "tink, annoying person, drinker" and the scene is set for the street sweeper to make sure the street is clear of any obstacles before holding out his hat to the ladies in hope of a gratuity. The "Rum" sign above the door in the background suggests where the funds would be spent.
BM Satires undescribed; see ref. 19577 for another impression with different publication line and colour.
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