Trade Card of a Shop, A La Flotte D'Angleterre

Artist or maker:
1730-1750 {nd}
Dated stylistically.
Place of Production:
Paris?, France
etching and engraving on paper
Type of Object:
trade cards
Accession number:
One of a set, see others


Brief Description

Trade card of a shop, At the English Fleet, with the lower section removed. The image is etched and the text engraved. The design consists of a representation of the shop sign surrounded by a frame. The text appears below the frame between two thick rules.

The representation of the shop sign takes the form of a galleon being unloaded. A coloured ensign, with a coloured saltaire on a white background in the canton, flies from the stern of the ship. Two men are aboard the ship manoeuvring a package onto a long gangway.

A small rowing boat is tied to the ship with a line. To the right, another smaller ship is visible, with sails unfurled. To the right, there is a military coastal fortification, and a small house with a smoking chimney. The flag of St. George flies from the tower.

In the foreground, on the ground serving as a dock, there are two groups of barrels and packages, and two men manoeuvring a large package at the end of the gangway. Both wear wide brimmed hats, and jackets. In front of them, another man pulls a rope attached to the package. He wears a cap, knee-length jacket, breeches and stockings.

The oblong frame consists of a line of beading, a flat moulding and a cant moulding.

Curatorial Commentary

This print may be related to the other trade cards for this shop sign, see 3686.1.47.89 and 3686.1.47.90. By the 1820s, this shop sign was used by M. Colombel on the rue de la Barillerie, no. 15, see Balzac in Related documents.

Phillippa Plock, 2008

Physical description

Dimensions (mm):
167 x 220
Physical Details:
single sheet, plate mark size: 202 in width, image size: 158 x 197 (sheet trimmed within plate mark at lower edge)
At the English Fleet


Acquired by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild (b.1839, d.1898) before 1897; inherited by his sister Alice de Rothschild (b.1847, d.1922); inherited by her great-nephew James de Rothschild (b.1878, d.1957); bequeathed to Waddesdon The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) in 1957.
Part of:
Recueil d'adresses: A collection of sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century French, German, Belgian, Swiss, Dutch, Italian and Spanish trade cards, labels, wrappers, advertisements and related commercial ephemera bound in four volumes. 3686.1-4
Waddesdon, The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust)
Bequest of James de Rothschild, 1957


Related literature

Honoré de Balzac; Oeuvres complètes; 24 vols; Paris; Michel Lévy frères; 1869-1876. vol. 21, pp. 113-186, 'Petit Dictionnaire critique et anecdotique des enseignes de Paris', p. 135

Indexed terms

Other details

Shop Sign:
Flotte D'Angleterre, A La