An exact copy of a bill for the sum of ten shillings & ten pence sent by a bricklayer to a gentleman for whom he had worked [art original] : (the bricklayer could not write).
1 drawing : pen and black ink and graphite pencil on wove paper ; image 12.7 x 20.2 cm, on sheet 13.4 x 21.3 cm
Title from text inscribed with black ink within image. Date from note inscribed with graphite pencil below image. Text inscribed in black ink within image: Explanation two men and one boy three quarters of a day and two hods of mortar } 10s - 10d settled. From Leverhulme-Auchincloss, vol. xxi.
A copy of an illiterate bricklayer's bill that was written with pictographs; the artist included a narrative description of its meaning below the image. The pictographs included three different sized stick-figures (two men and one boy), a four-square grid with three of the four squares filled with dots (three quarters of a day), two "Y" shaped symbols (hods of mortar), two "X" shaped symbols (10 shillings & 10 pence), and a sketch of a hanged man (a settled bill).
Invoices. Picture-writing. Symbols.
Ink drawings--British--19th century.
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