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- Object: The gallery of 140 comicalities,
Beneath the title: 'Which has appeared from time to time, in that most Popular Sporting Sunday Paper, "Bell's Life in London."' Wood-engravings on four pages and in five columns, uniform with Bell's Life. The titles of the cuts are as follows. 24 June 1831
Page 1. ('Fancy Sketches')
'Music hath charms', 'Before and after marriage; or, ringing the changes', 'With and without a dinner; or, the fat and the lean kine', 'The agreeable surprise; or, the joys of matrimony', 'An ostler, alias oatstealer; or, a hint to travellers', 'Before and after election', The sporting parson; or, in at the death', 'Smelling a rat', 'Labour in vain', 'Christmas times - Boxing Day', Veneration - prize beef; or, the approach of Christmas', 'Term time, or the lawyer and his clients', 'Symptoms of drawing', 'Flying dustmen', 'The thimble rig; or, how to bonnet a flat', 'Taking the law in her own hands; or, serving an ejectment on a troublesome tenant', 'Time come - time call'd', 'Studies from Demosthenes; or, eloquence on the water-side', 'Behind time', 'London conveyancers - taking time by the fore-lock', 'Macadamites - hard times', 'Patience is a virtue', 'Barring a bad customer; or, a score behind', 'Petticoat government', 'Consultation', 'Colour - form - figure!', 'Temperance Society; or, Jack Scroggins in his element', 'The flitch of bacon', 'A lord of the creation; or, the white serjeant triumphant', 'A free and easy in the back slums', 'Students at the bar - a knotty subject', 'Ise Yorkshire too!', 'State of the poll - a Tory vote split.'
Twenty cuts headed 'Sketches from Lavater': 'A sharp', 'A flat', 'A tithe pig, or a pillar of the church', 'A pig without tithe, or an evangelical', 'What a shocking bad hat!', 'What a shocking bad bonnet!', 'The man wot won the fight', 'The man wot lost the fight', 'The nose', 'The trap', 'The beak', 'Irish whiskey', 'Scotch whiskey', 'English gin', 'Jamaica rum', 'French brandy', 'British grog', 'Hollands', 'Heavy wet', 'A Greenwich mutineer'. Thirteen cuts headed 'Fancy Sketches': 'The incantations of John Bull; or, the spirits of Christmas', 'In pudding time; or, too late for the first course', 'A puglisit in the bud; or, early symptoms of pugnacity', 'Forcible ejectment; or, a lesson to scolds', 'A select vestry; or, true guardians of the poor', 'Too late for the steamer; or, more ballast than speed', 'A squall off Margate; or, vicissitudes at sea', 'Bulls and no jokes; or, gallantry on the gallop', 'Contemplation; or, the "depth" of reflection', 'Contempt of court; or, the big-wigs astounded', 'Out of place; or, the pavior at fault', 'Dramatic inspiration, or a spirited actor', 'Kitchen stuff, or high life below stairs'.
'Rub[...]" or the devil turned doctor', 'Hot and cold, or Old Nick in the frost', 'Swing's recreations', 'Approaching dissolution', 'Vite Condick swells', 'A bird of ill omen', 'Kicking up a dust', 'A man trap, or dangers of rural courtship', 'Symptoms of a long debate', 'Gaieties of Greenwich Fair', 'Rural pleasures, 'I nose a beak', 'Domestic happiness', 'Domestic misery', 'A jarvey and no mistake!', 'The Quaker in a quandary', 'Downfall of Boroughmonger Hall', 'The dog in office', 'A lesson for music-masters', 'The Siamese twins, or separation desirable', 'A wision of wittels', 'The cruelty van, of the devil's own pace', 'Aristocracy and democracy', 'Birds of a feather'. Sixteen cuts headed 'Dramatic illustrations': 'Love laughts at locksmiths', 'The pilot on shore', 'Dr.Bolus, or the last pill', 'A great friend in a little house', 'Othello's occupation's gone', 'As you like it', 'The school for scandal', 'Love, law, and physic', 'Where shall I dine?', 'The bottle imp', 'The rivals', 'Measure for measure', 'Raising the wind', 'Is he jealous?', 'Every man in his humour', 'Dennis and Desdemona.'
Column headed 'Diversions of Old Nick': 'Teaching the young idea how to shoot', 'Sydney coves, or transports of Old Nick', 'Recognition, or Padd's last step', 'Clerical errors - a scene at Mother H.'s', 'Hell upon earth - the last throw', 'Snap dragon, or Old Nick at his gambols'. Nine cuts headed 'Monkeyana': 'The gambler's progress - step the first', followed by all the steps to 'Step the ninth'. The remainder headed 'Fancy sketches': 'Master and journeyman', 'A peep into Duck-Lane', 'The reward of V', 'Comparisons are odious', 'Early indications', 'John Bull and Bill Gibson's bull', 'A flat between two sharps', 'The devil among the raw lobsters', 'The cock of the walk', 'A practising bar-rister', 'The beginning and ending', 'London in the dog days', 'Teaching the young idea how to shoot', 'The boot on the wrong leg', 'A squire caught in his own trap', 'A veteran of the ring', 'A lesson for the Russians', 'A curtain lecture.'
Wood-engravings with letterpress text
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Height: 635 millimetres (folded sheet)
Width: 426 millimetres (folded sheet)
- Curator's comments
- George comments:
The first of the series appeared on 9 Sept. 1827 (see also No. 15470). At first non-political, politics occasionally intruded as excitement spread, e.g. 'Downfall of Boroughmonger Hall', p. 3 (originally published 17 Apr. 1831): Brougham and 'Lord Russell' help John Bull to pull down a fragment of masonry on which heads of reactionaries are carved, Eldon being recognizable. This is supported by a slanting prop, topped by Wellington's head. The second of six verses below the original issue: 'Tho' Wellington and Peel unite | The building frail to prop, | Its bottom is all insecur'd, | And down it soon must drop.'
This is the first of what became a series of eight newspapers titled 'The Gallery of Comicalities', all derived from Bell's 'Life in London'. For the series see 1867,0511.39 to 46.
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Associated Title: Bell's Life in London
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