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Unknown - Women Shop Keeper

Oil painting, 'Portrait of a Glasgow woman shopkeeper', early 19th century

Oil painting, 'Portrait of a Glasgow woman shopkeeper', early 19th century

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Not all businesses in Glasgow during the Georgian period were run by men as this portrait of a Glasgow woman shopkeeper shows.

The Glasgow Post Office directories and letters of the period record that women ran businesses. She has sugar and lemons for sale, two of Glasgow punch ingredients along with rum. The sugar is in cones and wrapped in paper. On the shelf behind there is a strong box which could be a friendly association box.

She is counting out coins or tokens. Shops of this period struck their own tokens for payment of goods.

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