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- Object: A Copy of Verses humbly presented to all ...Masters an Mistresses In the Parish of Christ-Church...by Edward Heddington
A broadside (Bellman's Sheet) with Bellman's verses for the New Year 1793; with 19 woodcuts, at the top one woodcut showing a town square with a bellman accompanied by a dog and three night-watchmen, the image flanked by two angels blowing trumpets, and with 18 scenes illustrating the Passion of Christ; with letterpress title and verses for various days of the year allegedly by Heddington in three columns, and with two vertical segments of type ornaments. (London, Bayley: )
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Height: 484 millimetres (printed area)
Height: 47 millimetres (woodcut, Passion, average)
Width: 365 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 52 millimetres (woodcut, Passion, average)
- Curator's comments
- From the 17th century bellmen, or night-watchmen, had distributed broadsides of this type as a way of soliciting New Year gifts.
There is an earlier (1784) version of this broadside, printed by Thomas Bayley, at Harvard University Houghton Library, and a later (1799) version in the Huntington Library, which describes Heddington also as constable.
For a later copy of 1805, see BM 2001-7-29-54.
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