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Mrs Elizabeth (Johnstone) Hall, Newhaven fishwife 1843 - 1846

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
The fishwives of Newhaven were famous for both their beauty and confidence. They carried the fish their men had caught in baskets on their backs up to Edinburgh to sell it. Whenever storms at sea made the fishing especially dangerous and the price of fish rose, they were heard saying "It's no fish ye're buying, it's men's lives". The phrase became internationally known after Sir Walter Scott used it in his novel, 'The Antiquary'.


  • Acc. No. PGP HA 301
  • Medium Calotype print
  • Size 19.40 x 14.80 cm
  • Credit Elliot Collection, bequeathed 1950