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Caricature & Satire, Laurie & Whittle, Welch Traveller, Antique Print, 1801


The Welch Traveller
Laurie & Whittle, London: 1801
Black and white engraving
9 x 11 inches, sheet
7.5 x 9 inches, image

Illustration of a story called The Welch Traveller; or, the Unfortunate Welchman. A Welsh traveler on horseback requests lodging from the landlady of the Tack Horse Inn. The caption reads: “Open the door directly landlord, to shon ap. Morgan, ap. Shenkin, ap.Thomas, ap. Williams, ap. Evans, ap. Griffith, ap. Owen, ap. Rice, ap. Morris: Shentleman of Wales: ‘I will not open the door, there is so many of you, my little inn won’t contain one half of you.'”

The British Library has five printings of the story The Welch Traveller, dating from 1671 to 1860, variously attributed to Humfrey Crouch or Humphrey Cornish. Evidently it was a comic tale told in verse.


Robert Laurie (1755-1836) and James Whittle (1757-1818) were London map, chart and printsellers active from 1794 to 1812 trading variously as Laurie and Whittle or Whittle and Laurie. Laurie began his career as a fine mezzotint engraver and exhibited at the Society of Artists from 1770-76. With Whittle, they took over Robert Sayer’s business and Laurie stopped engraving. The firm published many atlases and maps as well as products used for jigsaws. Robert’s son, Richard Holmes Laurie, succeeded him upon his retirement in 1812, and after Whittle’s death in 1818 carried on the business alone until at least 1840. The firm still exists as Imray, Laurie, Norie and Wilson Ltd. and they have long specialized in marine charts.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, soiling, wear, soft creases. Few marginal short tears neatly restored.


British Library Public Catalogue. (29 April 2002).

Maxted, Ian. “The London book trades 1775-1800: a preliminary checklist of members.” Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History. 2001. and (18 March 2002).

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19th Century