About this object

  • Maker:

    British School

  • ID:


  • Production date:

    c. 1730

  • Location:

    On Display: Museum of London: Expanding City: Life Chances: Prisons and Justice

  • This painting by an unknown artist shows a blind woman selling curds and whey on Cheapside. A large proportion of London street vendors were female, often migrants from the countryside. Curds and whey were a popular foodstuff made from milk. They were a cheap source of nutrition for poor Londoners and were sold widely on the streets. The woman's customers are three young chimney sweeps, their faces blackened by soot. Their facial expressions suggest that they may be conning her by taking extra food without paying for it.  < ...Read more

  • Measurements

    H 1457 mm; W 1205 mm; D 60 mm (framed), H 1273; W 1020 mm (unframed)

  • Materials

    oil; canvas

  • Last Updated





    permanent collection


    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related place

    City of London (depicted)


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