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An engraving of an advertisement for a nightman with a decorative frame of columns and vines surrounding the text. At the lower center, there is a depiction of a city scene with a horse drawn carriages and two figures.

An engraving of an advertisement for a nightman with a decorative frame of columns and vines surrounding the text. At the top center of the frame, there is a crest consisting of a lion, and unicorn, and a crown. At the bottom center, there is an image enclosed in another decorative frame. The image portrays a city scene, with two horse drawn carriages parked in the street. Emerging from a home surrounded by a stone wall, two men carry a vessel hanging from a long plank over their shoulders.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Keyse Sherwin, British (1751? - 1790)
Henry Hastings, Nightman to His Majesties Offices, & for the City & Suburbs
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Engraving on off-white antique laid paper
sheet: 24.5 × 17.3 cm (9 5/8 × 6 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: top, in plate: HONU SOIT WUI MAL Y PENSE
  • inscription: top, in plate: DIEU ET MON DROIT
  • inscription: center, in plate: Henry Hastings, NIGHTMAN / to His Majesties OFfices, & for the / City & Suburbs. / at No. 8, Ewer STreet, near Grand land, / SOUTHWARK. / Where Genlemen &c. may depend of having their Business / decently perform'd being always at the work himself. / ALSO Empties Vaults, Sefpools & mytops [?] Funnels at the lowest Prices. / I have the NEw Invented Machien Carts for quick dispatch of Business. / Gentlemen & c. sendign a hire shall be wainter on at the shortest notice. / N. B. Wells Dug & Rubbish Carted.
  • inscription: bottom, in plate: Sherwin Fecit, Doctors Commons.
  • inscription: verso, graphite, upper right of mount: He59
  • watermark: center: [illegible]
  • (not assigned): on mount, on inside against object. Revealed during treatment: graphite: 5


Recorded Ownership History
[Valerie Jackson-Harris, London], sold; to Harvard Art Museums, 2021

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Acquisition Fund for Prints
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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