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Thomas Hall advertising ticket

Michael Graham-Stewart collection

Object connections:

Collection Michael Graham-Stewart collection, Coins and medals, Special collections
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleMaker: Lutwyche

Object details:

Object ID ZBA2792
Description Token for Thomas Hall. The obverse depicts a full length figure of a woman in European dress, with the legend: 'MRS NEWSHAM THE WHITE NEGRESS'. The reverse has the legend: 'TO BE HAD AT THE CURIOSITY HOUSE CITY ROAD', as well as the inscription: 'NEAR FINSBURY SQUARE, LONDON 1795'. Mrs Amelia Lewsam (or Newsham) 'The white Negro woman' was brought from Jamaica in 1754 aged about 5 and was offered for sale as 'the greatest Phaenomenon ever known' priced 400 guineas. A year later she was exhibited at Charing Cross with a cost of 1 shilling per head to gawp at her. She was described as having 'all the features of an Aethiopian with a flaxy woollen head, a skin and complexion fair as alabaster'. She was 'exhibited' again at the Bartholemew Fair in 1788 (Fryer, 1984). Thomas Hall was a taxidermist, curiosity dealer and proprietor of a fine exhibition of stuffed birds, etc. These trade tickets advertised his curiosities on exhibit at Finsbury Square and also touring at Bartholemew Fair, an event renowned for its theatrical booths. It was at Bartholemew's Fair that he made use of such human exhibits as Mrs Newsham.
Date made 1795

Artist/Maker Lutwyche
Place made London
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Michael Graham-Stewart Slavery Collection. Acquired with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund
Materials bronze
Measurements Overall: 31 mm
  • Thomas Hall advertising ticket (ZBA2792)
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