St Swithins Chapel _ Cold bath fields-(NB not a Chapel of Ease.)
Etching on india laid paper, 190 x 280mm. 7½ x 11".
A preacher addresses a crowd under umbrellas in the rain outside Coldbath Fields Prison (later also known as Clerkenwell Gaol) in the Clerkenwell area of London. Also other vignettes of figures under umbrellas in the rain, and Napoleon wrestling with a huge globe lower left. A satirical print on wet British weather from 'My Sketch Book' by George Cruikshank (1792 - 1878). Swithun is one of the few Anglo-Saxon saints still known to most ordinary people because of his patronage of the English weather. He gives his name to a British weather lore proverb, which says that if it rains on Saint Swithun's day, 15th July, it will rain for 40 days.
[Ref: 12021] £60.00