John Thomas Dining at Spencer Furniture

Spencer Furniture is a family owned Furniture and Mattress store located in Spencer, MA.

"Vagabondiana" by John Thomas Smith (1817): "Anatony Antonini, selling artificial silk flowers adorned with birds cast in wax."

'Vagabondiana' by John Thomas Smith, Street trader selling artificial silk flowers adorned with birds cast in wax.

"Vagabondiana" by John Thomas Smith (1817): "George Smith, a brush maker afflicted with rheumatism who sold chickweed as bird food."

"Vagabondiana" by John Thomas Smith "George Smith, a brush maker afflicted with rheumatism who sold chickweed as bird food.

A woman in "Welsh national" dress with a spinning wheel - like the old wheel at Destrehan.

Welsh Woman Spinning, circa Another woman dressed in traditional costume, this time standing beside a large spinning wheel. Note that her drum-shaped crown is much taller than the hat in the first photo.

"A native of Lucca accompanying his dancing dolls upon the bagpipes."  Illustration by John Thomas Smith for "Vagabondiana", published 1817.

"A native of Lucca accompanying his dancing dolls upon the bagpipes." Illustration by John Thomas Smith for "Vagabondiana", published

This is just one of the remarkable portraits by John Thomas Smith collected together  in a large handsome volume entitled “Vagabondiana,” published in 1817, that it was my delight to discover recently in the collection of the Bishopsgate Institute.

This is just one of the remarkable portraits by John Thomas Smith collected together in a large handsome volume entitled “Vagabondiana,” published in that it was my delight to discover recently in the collection of the Bishopsgate Institute.

"The Pet" -- John Thomas Peele (1822 – 1897) American

John Thomas Peele (1822 – 1897)

"The Pet" - John Thomas Peele huile sur toile, New York, National Academy Museum)

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