Tim Besom.Making a clear way for others, that he may clear a path for himself.
Pubd March 1, 1827, by G. Hunt, Corner of York St. & Bridges St. Covent Garden.
Fine hand coloured etching and aquatint, J. Whatman paper watermarked 1824. Image 265 x 205mm, 10½ x 8". Diagonal creases to upper right corner; overall a fine, early impression.
"Tim Besom" is probably taken from the Glaswegian slang for "tink, annoying person, drinker"; 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. See item 11516 for an impression published by McLean.
BM Satires undescribed; see ref. 11516 for another impression with different publication line and colour.
[Ref: 19577] £240.00