Portrait of a Water Carrier. Water was provided to individual households by carriers, commonly called "cobs," whose business it was to deliver water from the river or conduits to customers. Some water carriers went about the streets carrying a large tankard on their shoulders, others would carry two 3-gallon wooden tubs hanging from a shoulder-yoke. London's water carriers were organized into a guild or union. About the year 1600, a petition was presented to the House of Commons by the water-tankard bearers of London in which it is stated that they and their families numbered 4,000
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Dimensions:3000 x 4364 px | 25.4 x 36.9 cm | 10 x 14.5 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:3 September 2018
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