Hot Corn Seller

William P. Chappel American

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On summer afternoons and evenings, the cries of the iconic hot-corn girls rang through the streets: "Hot corn, hot corn! Here’s your lily-white corn! All you that’s got money, poor me that’s got none, come buy my lily-white corn and let me go home." This woman and her customer are standing in what would have been the busy intersection of Chatham, Doyers, Bowery, and Catherine Streets, in present-day Chinatown. One of the stage coaches that transported riders to and from Westchester, New York, stopped near here. Chappel pictures it approaching the local watch house at far right, where lawbreakers could be temporarily detained.

Hot Corn Seller, William P. Chappel (American, 1801–1878), Oil on slate paper, American

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