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Jack Oakham throwing out a Signal for an Engagement.

Jack Oakham throwing out a Signal for an Engagement.
Jack Oakham throwing out a Signal for an Engagement.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Description: Prostitution was rife in 18th century London. According to one contemporary estimate, almost a sixth of the total population of London’s metropolis were engaged in the vice-trade, often on a part-time basis.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 24 May 1781
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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