Street Musician

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A street musician pretends to play the violin with two pipes for a mixed audience
Street musician.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Internet Archive
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The original etching was probably reproduced by means of a photoengraving process

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A sly street musician pretending to play the violin with the stems of two pipes is surrounded by a mixed audience made of children, dogs, and adults of both sexes. The full caption reads:

Street musician, who mimics the notes of the common English birds by means of a folded bit of tin, which is held between the teeth; but in order to engage the attention of the credulous, he pretends to draw his tones from two tobacco pipes.

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