Trade card including a portrait of a well-known beggar
By SEAGO, John , 1777

Old Simon. J Seago, Print-Seller

  • Author: SEAGO, John
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: High Street St. Gile's near Tottenham Court Road
  • Publication date: from 1777
  • Physical description: Etched trade card.
  • Dimensions: 80 by 125mm (3.25 by 5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 17812


First state of two known. Heal writes that “Old Simon” is “Simon Edy or ‘Old Simon’ b1709-d1783 was a well known beggar who generally took up his position against one of the gate piers of St. Giles’ Churchyard. For full description see Clinch’s ‘Bloomsbury and St. Giles’s: past and present’ p.35”

John Seago (1777-1809) specialised in selling maps, plans and prints of machines, sports, and monuments. In BM 1852,0214.313, Seago appears as one of a group of twenty-two London printsellers in 1784.


  1. BM Heal 100.68

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