'For Oil', c 1845.
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Vignette from a lithograph showing a shop selling lamps and fuel, including oil derived from seals. Oil taken from seals and whales was extensively used for oil lamps in the 19th century, before being superseded by coal gas and then electric lighting. Taken from 'The Seal and Walrus' in 'Graphic Illustrations of Animals - Showing Their Utility to Man', illustrated by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and R K Thomas, printed by J Graf, C Graf, Day & Haghe, and published by Thomas Varty.