St James's Market Pavilion near Piccadilly was launched at the end of last year with its high end restaurants and shops. There was a market here in the mid 17th cent and it was important to try and bring some of that history back when the pavilion was opened. The Handsome Butcher of St James's Market is an 18th cent ballad that uses this site as its backdrop.
The story is about an upper class lady falling in love with a lowly butcher. When her belly starts to swell her parents realise what has been going on. Her father demands they get married but refuses to give his daughter a dowry. But it's all a trick as they had already married in secret knowing her father would never have given permission for her to marry a butcher. When he discovers they are already married the father is delighted and gives his daughter a large dowry. Their plan had worked well for them.
The ballad is told through these simple 3D figures exhibited in this large display cabinet