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An unusual case of bartering

Bartering for goods was a common practice. Thus in one letter on display (see 48) Constable offers Linnell a copy of one of his works as part payment for Linnell’s engravings of Michelangelo. Linnell often engaged in bartering himself and his journal entry for 27th October 1818 provides a particularly unusual example:

“Gave Dr. Thornton the Skull of a Tyger & Do. of a Boar, Jaw Bone of a Fish - & one pound for the air pump which is all he would receive for his attendance.”

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