A Georgian Print Shop
By SMITH, John Raphael , 1774

Spectators at a Print-Shop in St. Paul's Church Yard.

Social & Political
  • Author: SMITH, John Raphael
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Printed for Carington Bowles, at his Map and Print Warehouse, No.69 St. Pauls Church Yard, Published as the Act Directs
  • Publication date: 1774
  • Physical description: Mezzotint, numbered "300" in the print; pale waterstain.
  • Dimensions: 360 by 260mm (14.25 by 10.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2243


A satirical depiction of Carington Bowles’s own shop in St Paul’s Church Yard. All the prints in the window are likely to be his publications. An extravagantly dressed woman catches a fashionable man by the arm as she points with her fan at a mezzotint droll in a print-shop window; a small dog looks up at her; an old gentleman with a stick standing on the right, stares at the prints and is surprised by a man with a warrant for his arrest.

The date, June 25 1774, which has been obscured in the print here, appears on another impression.


  1. BM 1935,0522.1.16