T is for Tea-Dealer
By GREENWOOD, Ja[me]s , 1819

Ja.s. Greenwood Jun.r, Tea-Dealer & Grocer

  • Author: GREENWOOD, Ja[me]s
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: 9 Finsbury Pavement
  • Publication date: c1819
  • Physical description: Trade card engraved by Henry Austin.
  • Dimensions: 60 by 85mm (2.25 by 3.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 17941


James Greenwood, whom the Sun Fire Office records as a grocer and tea-dealer insured at 9 Pavement Moorfields in 1819, left no trace of his business to posterity apart from the present trade card. The card shows a poorly improvised oriental scene in reference to the tea industry, with two men wearing stereotypical Chinese dress enjoying tea from a large urn, while a ship sailing under the Union Jack embarks with its wares.

The purveyor specifies that he is James Greenwood Junior: his eponymous father may have been a dyer named James Greenwood active at 4 Finsbury Pavement in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, or a hops dealer by the same name who was working in Borough from around 1793 to 1818.

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