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The Proclamation Regarding Weights and Measures, 1556

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Reduced version of a mural painting depicting the announcement of weights and measures regulations in 1556. The scene is a narrow street in the city of Manchester. In the centre, a man and woman look out in dismay from a shop front displaying meat and scales, where an elderly town crier stands with his bull terrier. The town crier holds a bell in his right hand and a parchment containing the regulations in his left. He holds a long staff under his left arm from which a lantern is suspended. His white dog stands at his feet, muzzled. To the left of the shop front a beggar-girl is seated on a circular step with a half naked child in her arms. On the floor next to her is her 'porringer' or leaden-lidded clap dish, (which beggars could clap to gain attention).

Manchester Art Gallery





tempera on panel


H 26.2 x W 56.9 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by George Beatson Blair, 1947

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Inscription description

Signed blc (monogram) : FMB Nov - 89


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