Engraving, The Blind Beggar and His Daughter of Bethnal Green


Accession Number: 2003.29

Description: Etching is trimmed to the image at top and sides, with a margin at bottom. It shows an elderly blind man kneeling and reaching out for a hat that is on the ground in front of him. He holds a cane in his left arm. A young woman is seated behind him, at top right, and a dog is standing next to her with his front paws on her lap. In the single bottom margin, at center, is printed "The Blind Beggar and his Daughter of Bethnal Green." The artist is identified at bottom left: "Bunbury, Esq.: Del.t."; a preceding letter has been partially trimmed away. At bottom right is printed "J. Chapman," with additional print trimmed away. Handwritten measurements in pencil are on the reverse, at left, and an ink-stamped 1 x 1/2 in. logo with a large X and floral design is at bottom left. Vendor identifies the print as a copperplate engraving printed ca. 1790.

Date Made: ca. 1790

Maker: Chapman, J., engraver

Place of Origin: London

Subjects: Adult blind. Art.

Dimension Notes: 13 x 14 3/4 in. sheet ; 12 1/8 x 14 3/4 in. comp.

Material: Paper

Updated: 06/29/2021