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    A gentleman hurrying along a street, his umbrella blown out by a very strong wind and his hat blowing off, looking back and narrowly avoiding a chimney pot and roof-tiles falling from a roof and smashing to the ground, another gentleman leaping back with an expression of fright on his face, a stout woman beyond, her mobcap flying off and the foam of her tankard of beer blowing into the wind; frontispiece to Colman's "Barney Buntline and Billy Bowling" (1836)
    Hand-coloured etching


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    • 1836
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 292 millimetres (sheet)
    • Width: 236 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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        Lettered below image with "George Cruikshank fecit" "Barney Buntline and Billy Bowling, or The Advantages of Being at Sea, Written by George Colman, Esq.r Expressly for Mr. Harley, and Sung by him with great applause at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and by Mr. Fitzwilliam, at Public Festivals, Arranged with an Accompaniment for the Piano Forte by J. Blewitt." and "London, Published by John Alvey Turner, 19, Poultry Ent. Sta. Hall Price 1s/6"
  • Bibliography

    • Cohn 152 bibliographic details
    • Reid 5137 bibliographic details
  • Location

    British XIXc Unmounted Roy

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    • Associated Title: Barney Buntline and Billy Bowling, or the Advantages of being at Sea
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    Prints & Drawings

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  • Additional IDs

    • 1891,1116.179


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