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- Object: Not for Joseph.
Music sheet for piano on eleven pages, with cover sheet: a scene from Arthur Lloyd's music hall hit song 'Not for Joseph'. An old woman, wearing a shoulderless dress, seated in a room at left, holding a fan; a young man standing behind her, and the singer, Arthur Lloyd, at right; three pictures on the wall, portrait at left lettered with 'Rachel', and a note beside 'Beauty for ever'.
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Height: 300 millimetres (image)
Width: 230 millimetres (image)
- Curator's comments
- The scene illustrates verse four of the song in which 'Joe' is having to extricate himself from an awkward situation; the title of the song comes in the refrain:
"A friend of mine down in Pall Mall,
The other night said, 'Joe',
I'll introduce you to a gal,
You really ought to know;
She's a widow you should try and win.
'Twould a good match be for you -
She's pretty and got lots of tin,
And only forty-two.
(Fancy forty-two, old enough to be my grandmother, and you know a fella can't marry his grandmother, lots of tin though, and pretty, forty-two, No)
'Not for Joe, Not for Joe',
If he knows it 'Not for Joseph',
No, no, no, 'Not for Joe'.
Not for Joseph, oh, dear no."
Arthur Lloyd as 'Joe' is shown with the same broad-collared yellow jacket, cane and top hat that he wears on another cover for the same song, see 1922, 0710.443. The song was first performed in the Summer of 1867 and soon arranged by other composers as a waltz, gallop, quadrille, etc. See Charlottte Gere and Judy Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: a mirror to the a world', London (British Museum Press) 2010, pp. 214-5 (discussing a cravt-pin inscribed 'Not for Joseph').
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