ANON (Nineteenth-Century)
London; Old Billingsgate Market and Bacon's Tavern. Watercolour. Inscribed verso. For, or after, the print published by Vizetelly in 1849. 4.5x6.5 inches. Framed: 13.5x15.25 inches.

'There are eight auctioneers or fish salesmen attached to the market, and they meet every morning between four and five o'clock at one of the principal public-houses, to discuss the quantity and quality of fish about to be offered for sale. The three taverns are known as Bowler's, Bacon's, and Simpson's. The second of these is situated in the centre of the market, and is habitually used by the auctioneers, probably on account of the son of the proprietor being the largest consignee at Billingsgate.' (Extract from Twice Round the Clock, or The Hours of the Day and Night in London, by George Augustus Sala, 1859).