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Reid 4965. A book with etched illustrations containing words and music to the song 'The loving ballad of Lord Bateman' illustrated by George Cruikshank. In a green textile binding with a gold, figured cover design. Lettered on the front cover: "The loving ballad of Lord Bateman with XI Plates by George Cruikshank." and on the title-page: "The loving ballad of Lord Bateman illustrated by George Cruikshank. London: David Bogue, Fleet Street and Mustapha Syried, Constantinople. MDCCCLI."
George Cruikshank's signature engraved at the end of the preface entitled: 'Warning to the public concerning, the loving ballad of Lord Bateman.'
With the following illustrations:
1. Reid 2023. 'Title', printed in gold on the cover. Scene at the altar where the celebrated nobleman and his bride are being united; he is placing the ring upon the finger of his bride, whom the clergyman is ogling, the proud attendant stands on one side of the group and the venerable clerk on the other.
2. Reid 2024. 'Lord Bateman' as he appeared previous to embarking on his travels. Strutting along the beach, two seaman await his arrival at the boat.
3. Reid 2025. 'The Turk's only daughter.' Approaches to mitigate the sufferings of Lord Bateman. The lady with the keys, which she has stolen from her father to free her lover.
4. Reid 2026. 'The Turk's daughter expresses a wish that Lord Bateman was hers. The lovers seated in the old Turk's cellar partaking of "the very best."
5. Reid 2027. 'The Wow.' The lady promising to wait seven years for his lordship.
6. Reid 2028. 'The Turk's daughter.' Bidding his lordship farewell, forebodes that she will see him no more, and pressing his hand.
7. Reid 2029.'The proud young porter' opens the door, and inquires who the lady might be who has arrived from the Sublime Porte.'
8. Reid 2030. 'The proud young porter' in Lord Bateman's state appartment, kneeling to his lordship and announcing the arrival of the fair young lady.
9. Reid 2031. 'The young bride's mother' is heard (for the first time) to speak freely, in reference to Lord Bateman's behaviour to her daughter on her wedding day.
10. Reid 2032. 'The young bride' comes on a horse and saddle to the castle of her intended, her maternal parent walks behind.
11. Reid 2033. And home in a coach and three. Returns from the castle with her mother, who in the novelty of riding grandly, are reconciled to the slight his lordship has put on them.
12. Reid 2034. Lord Bateman, his other bride and his favourite domestic with their hearts full of glee, dancing to the church which is in the distance.
13. Reid 2035. Music to the ballad with the words 'Lord Bateman vos a noble Lord &c.'
Etching and letterpress
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Height: 135 millimetres (approx. page height)
Width: 106 millimetres (approx. page width)
- Curator's comments
- Description based on GW Reid, 'A descriptive catalogue of the works of George Cruikshank.' 1871.
Reid cites, another edition, with additional work on the tapestries not by G. Cruikshank 1851. Bell and Daldy 1870.
Reid states that the "literary portion of the work" is by Charles Dickens whereas Cohn gives Dickens and Thackeray as the co-authors.
The poem is a pastiche of an old English ballad, supposedly sung by a "young gentleman" at the wine vaults at Battle-Bridge. It tells the story of an English Lord imprisoned in Turkey but released by his captor's daughter who he later marries. Robert L Patten notes that Cruikshank regularly performed the song.
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