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).

Published/Created:
[England],
[1840?]
Physical Description:
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
Notes:
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.
Abstract:
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).
Topics:
Invoices.
Picture-writing.
Symbols.
Language:
English
Genre:
Ink drawings--British--19th century.
Format:
Image
Rights:
These images are provided for study purposes only. For publication or other use of images from the Library's collection, please contact the Lewis Walpole Library at walpole@yale.edu. Further details on the Library's photoduplication policy are available at http://www.library.yale.edu/walpole/html/research/rights_reproductions.html
Call Number:
Drawings
Un58
no. 37
Drawings Un58 no. 37 Box D160
Orbis Record:
10135382
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
lwlpr13925
Citation:
An Exact Copy of a Bill for the Sum of Ten Shillings & Ten Pence. The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.
OID:
10971570
PID:
digcoll:975820