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    Four scenes; the first; a company of women in past and present fashions, ranging from the mid-eighteenth century to contemporary clothes, most of the ladies ridiculous, pictures of other fashions on the wall beyond; the second; a procession of charity boys, led to church by beadles and other parochial officials, some carrying banners; the third; a crowd of ladies and gentlemen at a horticultural exhibition, shocked by a shower of rain, some under umbrellas and others sheltering in greenhouses; the fourth; bruised and battered men and women, some still drunk, seated before the magistrate and his clerks; illustration to Cruikshank's "The Comic Almanack 1845" (1845)


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    • 1845
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 224 millimetres
    • Width: 348 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered below each image "George Cruikshank"
  • Bibliography

    • Cohn 184 bibliographic details
    • Reid 2314 bibliographic details
    • Reid 2315 bibliographic details
    • Reid 2317 bibliographic details
    • Reid 2318 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XIXc Unmounted Roy

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    • Associated Title: The Comic Almanack (1845)
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    Prints & Drawings

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  • Additional IDs

    • 1978,U.2739
    • 1978,U.2741
    • 1978,U.2744


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