The Fish Cross, Ayr. Taken in 1814.
J. Tweed, Glasgow. [n.d., c.1840.]
Lithograph. Printed area 390 x 505mm (15¼ x 19¾"). Framed. Old ink mss. in title area, some spotting. Unexamined out of frame.
An extremely rare lithograph of the fishermen, fishwives and their customers gathered around a set of scales in an open-air fish market. All but two of the characters have been named in ink, both with hidden faces. According to the annotation the names were obtained 'from older fishermen in Ayr and revised by Deacon Gowan of the Sailors Incorporation of Ayr 4th June 1890'. One is 'Daddy Auld', probably the owner of the original painting, shown selecting a fish. It is likely this is David Auld (died 1852), the custodian of the Burns monument at Alloway, who lived in Doonbrae Cottage in the gardens of the monument.
[Ref: 35205] £420.00