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Tobacconist's Figure - Turk

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T6194
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1750 - 1850


This figure was made to sit on the counter of a tobacconist shop. It was used to advertise Turkish tobacco which became popular in the UK in the mid nineteenth century, as a result of the Crimean war. Sadly, most shop figures are unsigned, but it is widely believed that the craftsmen who made figures like these, were also responsible for large sculptural work such as ships' figureheads and fairground animals.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century or 19th century
Medium:Carved. Painted.
Place of Origin:England


Height:72 cm
Width:22 cm
Depth:22 cm