The Cunning Northern Beggar

“….vvho all the by-standers doth earnestly pray, to bestow a penny upon him to day : to the tune of Tom of Bedlam”. Broadside from 1646. A host of interesting detail here. The beggar’s hose and breeches are threadbare but he has startupp boots on his feet and two large bags hanging from his belt.  Two “ladies” in the background with uncovered heads. Maybe the one on the right is wearing a gown? It looks like an all in one full length garment.

3 Comments to “The Cunning Northern Beggar”

  1. Good find, well done! The belt bag is of special interest to me.
    Regards, Keith.
    A Woodsrunner’s Diary blog.

  2. The two ladies are small boys?

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