The Celebrated Old Match Man

Drawn from Life, 1828


There was an Old Woman in Rosemary Lane
She cuts ’em and dips ’em and doose the same
Come buy my fine Matches, Come buy them of me
For they are as fine Matches, most ere as you’ll see
They are the Best Matches, that you can desire
For Lighting of Candles, or Kindling of Fire:–

Wearing his apron and leaning heavily on his stick, the celebrated Old Match Man of Brighton has been drawn from life by an unknown hand in 1828.

Pen, ink and watercolour within an embossed border with a manuscript title and verse set in a period reeded frame. The frame is nicely patinated as befitting this striking and unusual piece of street art.

Item Ref. 7191

Size: framed, 231 x 180mm (9 x 7")