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The 14th February.
The 14th February.
G. B. O'Neill.
[n.d, c.1872].
Etching with very large margins. Laid, on India. Plate: 150 x 205mm (6 x 8"). Some foxing around the edges.
Scene in a country cottage in which two girls reach up to a post man, waiting to see if they have received any valentines. A young boy reaches into the postman's satchel and an older woman reads her valentine behind a door. From 'Etchings for the Art Union of London by the Etching Club' 1782.
[Ref: 35111]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Apartments Furnish'd.
Apartments Furnish'd. A Lady having occasion to visit her Mantua Maker, sat in a chair whereon a bill to let Apartments laid with waters wet; she unobserved left the house with the placard sticking to her dress.
Designed by T. L. Busby.
Pub.d 1827 at the Artist's Depository 21 Charlotte St., Fitzroy Sq.
Handcoloured etching. Sheet: 235 x 140mm (9¼ x 5½"). Trimmed.
A young woman is approached by a young man who comments on a handbill accidentally stuck to her dress.
[Ref: 43785]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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[Valentine.]
[Valentine.] In mind, in features, and in make, [/] You can't deny that you're an Ape.
[n.d., c.1850.]
Tinted lithograph. Sheet: 170 x 110mm (6¾ x 4¼").
A Victorian valentine card poking fun at a man with a top hat and dog, comparing him to a monkey.
[Ref: 43814]   £35.00   (£42.00 incl.VAT)
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Cupid & Psyche.
Cupid & Psyche. I wish I had a thousand pound [/] I'd give it thee, my Honey. [/] Oh! give me what I value more, [/] Your love and looks so funny!.
Printed by G. E. Madeley, 3 Wellington St.
Pub. by Tho.s McLean, 26 Haymarket. [n.d., c1835.]
Lithograph. Sheet: 250 x 225mm (9¾ x 9"). Trimmed. Some staining.
A humorous valentine showing a funny looking man and a woman dressed as the mythical lovers Cupid and Psyche. Ballet interest.
[Ref: 40918]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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A Timely Caution.  [&]  Good - Advice.
A Timely Caution. [&] Good - Advice.
London, Printed for Robert Sayer Map & Printseller No.53 Fleet Street, as the Act directs Jany. 20; 1787.
Pair of stipples with etching, each 275 x 225mm. 10¾ x 8¾".
A decorative pair of young women contemplating the amorous advances of suitors, five lines of advice in verse below each portrait. They hold a love poem and picture of a gentleman respectively.
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[Valentine.]
[Valentine.] You are fat, large, and ugly, and quite over-fed, [/] You waddle-not walk-your obliged to be led; [/] Twenty stone is your weight, sure if it's a pound, [/] A sweetheart to match you is not to be found.
[n.d., c.1850.]
Hand-coloured woodcut. Sheet: 225 x 130mm (9 x 5"). Creasing.
A cruel Victorian valentine poking fun at a large woman.
[Ref: 43806]   £30.00   (£36.00 incl.VAT)
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[Valentine.]
[Valentine.] A mermaid I think, will be your bride, [/] If even a mermaid you can find, [/] Willing to take such a creature as you, [/] You're the fishiest animal ever I knew.
[n.d., c.1850.]
Colourprinted lithograph. Sheet: 215 x 125mm (8½ x 5").
A cruel Victorian valentine poking fun at a fisherman.
[Ref: 43805]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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Flowers of Lovliness. Narcissus. No. 1.
Flowers of Lovliness. Narcissus. No. 1.
HH.
Pub.d Jan.y 1836 by Preston, Burlington Arcade. W. Lake. lith. 50, Old Bailey, London.
Hand-coloured lithograph. Sheet: 295 x 180mm (11½ x 7"). Trimmed.
A comic scene showing an unattractive man caught, like the classical Narcissus, gazing at his own reflection in a pond.
[Ref: 43790]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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Flowers of Lovliness.
Flowers of Lovliness. Night-blowing Cerus.
[n.d., c.1820.]
Watercolour. Sheet: 275 x 190mm (10¾ x 7½").
A scene in a bedroom in which a matronly woman dressed in an elaborate nightcap blows out a candle. A night-blooming cereus is a species of ceroid cacti with large flower which bloom at night.
[Ref: 43786]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Flowers of Lovliness.
Flowers of Lovliness. Passion Flowers.
[n.d., c.1820.]
Watercolour. Sheet: 275 x 190mm (10¾ x 7½").
A comic scene in which two women seem to be getting ready for a fight.
[Ref: 43787]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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[Valentine.]
[Valentine.] The Green-Eyed Monster.
[n.d., c.1850.]
Tinted lithograph. Sheet: 210 x 125mm (8¼ x 5").
A valentines card showing a woman, dressed in green, scowling at a young couple walking arm-in-arm.
[Ref: 43809]   £40.00   (£48.00 incl.VAT)
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Heart Stealing. Can't get at it.
Heart Stealing. Can't get at it.
Printed by C. Hullmandel. [E.E.H. del: W. Derby lithog:]
London. Pubd. by S. & J. Fuller. Temples of Fancy, 34 Rathbone Place. [n.d. c.1840.]
Very fine hand-coloured lithograph. 242 x 317mm. 9½ x 12½". Some soiling around the edges.
A man reclining in his chair has fallen asleep. Surrounding him are cupids poking him with their arrows of love, inducing dreams of his pleasures and pastimes as a batchlor, instead of convincing him to fall in love. His arms folded across his heart suggest that his heart is not up for grabs! Originally issued as one of a pair.
for the pair (with 'Heart Stealing. I've Got It') see ref. 9369
[Ref: 16181]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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[Valentine.]
[Valentine.] Got up in killing style [/] Some booby to beguile, [/] But who would care to wed, [/] Such an empty head, [/] You are not fit to rule a home [/] Since folly claims you for her own.
[n.d., c.1850.]
Chromolithograph. Sheet: 175 x 130mm (7 x 5").
A Victorian valentine poking fun at a young woman.
[Ref: 43812]   £35.00   (£42.00 incl.VAT)
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[Valentine.]
[Valentine.] So very pert and very smart [/] In gossip and in strife; [/] A working servant maid they say, [/] Always makes a lazy wife.
[n.d., c.1850.]
Hand-coloured woodcut. Sheet: 255 x 185mm (10 x 7¼"). Creasing.
A Victorian valentine commenting on the suitability of a maid for a wife.
[Ref: 43815]   £30.00   (£36.00 incl.VAT)
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Love amongst the Roses.
Love amongst the Roses. The Graces there, were culling posies [/] And found young love amongst the roses.
London, Pub.d July 1831, by S. & J. Fuller, Temple of Fancy, 34 Rathbone Place.
Hand-coloured etching. Sheet: 135 x 135mm (5¼ x 5¼"). Trimmed, surface dirt.
A comic scene showing three plain women staring at a sleeping man from behind a rose bush.
[Ref: 43794]   £50.00   (£60.00 incl.VAT)
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Oh' How I Love the Ladies.
Oh' How I Love the Ladies. I did it afore his very sight, lard', how the chap did stare![/] For it's my delight on a shiny night, to kiss the charming fair.
[n.d., c.1825.]
Hand-coloured engraving. Sheet: 190 x 235mm (7½ x 9¼"). Trimmed and folded.
A comic scene showing a young man kissing a young woman while behind them a gardener looks at them in horror.
[Ref: 43791]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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[Love Letters.] Sketches for Life. No.10.
[Love Letters.] Sketches for Life. No.10. Vy, you barbarous Willin is this here the way you treat you tender, loveing, [/] Affectionare Wife for to Write love letters to your Wicked Hussey's?
H. Heath del.
London, Published by C. Tilt, 86 Fleet Street.
Hand-coloured lithograph. Sheet: 275 x 215mm (10¾ x 8½"). Marking around edges.
A large, imposing woman grabs her husband by the collar holding a letter in her other hand.
[Ref: 43792]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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The Lover. [&] The Husband.
The Lover. [&] The Husband.
[n.d., c.1830.]
A pair of hand-coloured aquatints. Each sheet: 200 x 145mm (8 x 5¾"). Trimmed and laid on album sheet.
A pair of scenes, the first shows an attentive lover helping a young woman over a stile, the second shows a husband leaving his wife to manage by herself.
[Ref: 43803]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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[Lawyer's Advertisment.]
[Lawyer's Advertisment.] Mr Edward Ladyside, of Middle Temple, Barrister, Conveyancer, &c begs to inform the Ladies Visitants at Cheltenham, that he has not come down here so much for Health, Pleasure of Drinking the Waters, as from a wish to offer his services...
Cheltenham, Oct. 3, 1828.
A rare advert. Sheet: 230 x 190mm (9 x 7½"). Laid on an album sheet.
An amusing advertisment for a lawyer's services 'marriages licences are obtained, and settlements drawn', 'Mr Ladyside begs to assure the Ladies that, by tact peculiarly his own, he can talk the most stubborn Bachelor into Matrimony, or the variest Miser into a good Settlement'.
[Ref: 43800]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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[Valentine.]
[Valentine.] Do you think I'd wed a Pipe, with rags and smoke? [/] No, no, that would be too great a joke; [/] No, you old chimney pot, now stop your smoking, [/] Or you will soon smell sulphur and be choking.
[n.d, c.1850]
Woodcut. Sheet: 215 x 170mm (8½ x 6¾").
An example of an alternative Victorian Valentines card, criticising the recipient's smoking habit.
[Ref: 43793]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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[Valentine.]
[Valentine.] Thou simple Youth a caution take, [/] Ere you your love declare, [/] A fruitless match I know you'd make, [/] And a most unhappy pair.
[n.d., c.1850.]
Hand-coloured wood engraving with embossed border. Sheet: 175 x 110mm (7 x 4¼").
A Victorian valentine card showing a young woman and young man standing next to each other, below them are words of caution.
[Ref: 43807]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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[Valentine.]
[Valentine.] Do run and play you stupid girl [/] Don't let me see those features, [/] You certainly by far excel, [/] All vain and shapeless creatures.
[n.d., c.1850.]
Hand-coloured wood engraving with embossed border. Sheet: 175 x 115mm (7 x 4½").
A cruel Victorian valentine criticising a young woman for her vanity.
[Ref: 43810]   £40.00   (£48.00 incl.VAT)
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[Valentine.]  Surely love is between us.
[Valentine.] Surely love is between us.
On stone by G. Ryner.
Published by Shepherd & Sutton, Foster Lane, London. A Duiotes Lithog. 70 St. Martins Lane. [n.d. c.1820.]
Lithograph. 243 x 349mm. 9½ x 13¾". Spotting.
Valentines. Satire of two lovers with a cupid sat between them.
[Ref: 15446]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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Two Strings to one's Bow.
Two Strings to one's Bow.
[n.d., c.1840.]
Hand-coloured etching. Sheet: 155 x 140mm (6 x 5½").
A well-dressed man walks with two women at his side.
[Ref: 43801]   £50.00   (£60.00 incl.VAT)
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[Valentine.]
[Valentine.] This is your portrait, your poor ugly ass. [/] And the nonsense you speak try for knowledge to pass [/] Your nose and your ears are so long to be sure, [/] A mind filled with conceit is dreadfully poor.
[n.d, c.1850.]
Hand-coloured woodcut. Sheet: 205 x 130mm (8 x 5").
A cruel Victorian valentine comparing a man to a donkey.
[Ref: 43813]   £35.00   (£42.00 incl.VAT)
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[Valentine.]
[Valentine.] Although a Lion you appear, [/] You're more than half an Ass I hear.
[n.d., c.1850.]
Tinted lithograph. Sheet: 165 x 110mm (6½ x 4¼").
A cruel Victorian valentine, poking fun at a man shown with a cigar and a cane.
[Ref: 43808]   £30.00   (£36.00 incl.VAT)
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[A young woman reading a valentine.]
[A young woman reading a valentine.]
London, Published August 22nd. 1866, by Moore, McQueen & Company Limited 25, Berners Street, Oxford Street; Pairs, chez François Delarue, Editeur, 18, Rue J.J. Rousseau.
Mixed method engraving, proof before title, 720 x 515mm. 28¼ x 20¼".
A young woman reading a love letter by a fire place, a rose having fallen to the ground, while her father works in a back room. A fine impression.
[Ref: 8489]   £220.00  
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[Valentine.]
[Valentine.] Why did you court her suddenly?[/] And why so soon "propose" [/] Why lead her to the altar [/] To be led by the nose?
[n.d., c.1850.]
Chromolithograph. Sheet: 175 x 115mm (7 x 4½").
A Victorian valentine criticising a man's decision to get married.
[Ref: 43811]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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[Valentine.]
[Valentine.] Ah! now I well know what it was that I smelt, [/] It was the bottle-nosed, rabbit mouthed dealer in felt...
[n.d., c. 1850.]
Hand-coloured woodcut. Sheet: 245 x 180mm (9¾ x 7"). Creasing.
An example of a cruel Victorian Valentine, whose intended recipient is a felt dealer who is depicted ironing.
[Ref: 43796]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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[Valentine.]
[Valentine.] You may smile as you please, and anoint well with grease [/] Your ugly old Phizz, and false hair [/] You may dress out quite gay, yet that's not the way [/] To keep up a Juvenile air...
[n.d., c.1850.]
Hand-coloured woodcut. Sheet: 215 x 180mm (8½ x 7").
An example of a cruel Victorian Valentine, which pokes fun at a spinster attempting to cling on to her youth.
[Ref: 43797]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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The Valentine.
The Valentine. Fac-simile of a sketch by G. D. Leslie, R.A.
[George Dunlop Leslie].
[n.d., c.1900].
Chromolithograph. Sheet size: 505 x 395mm (20 x 15¾"). Bottom left corner torn. Horizontal creases where previously folded as normal.
A young maid reading a Valentines note. After George Dunlop Leslie RA (1835 - 1921). Leslie was an English genre painter, author and illustrator.
[Ref: 32484]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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A Beauty in the Green & Yellow Leaf.
A Beauty in the Green & Yellow Leaf.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Tinted lithograph, image 210 x 125mm, on folded sheet.
A dog lover.
[Ref: 7059]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Your Portrait: Conceited Pup with Ugly Face / Ti's Plain You'r One of the Bull Dog Race.
Your Portrait: Conceited Pup with Ugly Face / Ti's Plain You'r One of the Bull Dog Race.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Lithograph, sheet 440 x 185mm. Folded.
With a dog's face, with monocle & pipe.
[Ref: 7027]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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Deceit.
Deceit.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Tinted lithograph, sheet 445 x 145mm. Folded, 3 small worm holes.
A woman with a serpentine tail.
[Ref: 7030]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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An Engraver, you may be by trade, /
An Engraver, you may be by trade, / But withal you're a curious blade, / Whose rule every night, is to go to bed tight, / That the bloom on your nose my ne'er fade. / Chop away, cut and butcher your block, / Never listen again for a knock, / For you in my eyes, I loath and despise / As the ugliest sheep in the flock.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Colour-printed wood engraving, image 205 x 130mm, on a folded sheet.
A wood-engraver, smoking a pipe.
[Ref: 7069]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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You cry your Fish so loud and shrill /
You cry your Fish so loud and shrill / Turbot, Mackarel, Plaice and Brill, / And on the women passing by, / Your leer and cast a fishy eye; / Now who on earth would ever wish / To Have a man who smells of fish.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Colour-printed wood engraving, image 205 x 130mm, on a folded sheet. [Image with light reflection from gum arabic.]
[Ref: 7066]   £80.00   (£96.00 incl.VAT)
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You will be likely getting married,
You will be likely getting married, If your intentions out are carried, This little picture do not scorn, It shows a likeness of your first-born.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Colour-printed wood engraving with letterpress. 254 x 190mm. 10 x 7½".
A white hand holding a black baby.
[Ref: 27167]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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With a most pious look and canting croak, /
With a most pious look and canting croak, / You make Good Templarism nothing but a cloak; / But, pray take care how you carry on your game, / Or, sure as fate, 'twill bring disgrace and shame.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Colour-printed wood engraving with letterpress, sheet 250 x 185.
In front of an advert for 'Good Tipplers Gin'.
[Ref: 7071]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Hearken Not to the Voice of the Siren.
Hearken Not to the Voice of the Siren.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Lithograph, sheet 630 x 255mm. Folded.
A woman with a fish's tail.
[Ref: 7035]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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'Me Thinks 'tis my Glass, not my Brother.' Shakespeare.
'Me Thinks 'tis my Glass, not my Brother.' Shakespeare.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Lithograph, sheet 635 x 250mm. Folded.
[Ref: 7055]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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A Mongrel.
A Mongrel.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Tinted lithograph, sheet 565 x 220mm. Folded.
[Ref: 7056]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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You're fond of Smoking, Mr. Frog, and of drinking whisky-grog, / Amd getting tipsy every night and plaguing me you ugly fright.
You're fond of Smoking, Mr. Frog, and of drinking whisky-grog, / Amd getting tipsy every night and plaguing me you ugly fright.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Tinted lithograph, sheet 570 x 220mm. Folded, a few small tears.
A frog with bottle and umbrella.
[Ref: 7032]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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No use on me to spend your smiles, / I really must resist your wiles; /
No use on me to spend your smiles, / I really must resist your wiles; / It may be rude but I decline / A Girl of such a public line, / Barmaids who'll flirt with any spoon / Will bring a man to sorrow soon.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Colour-printed wood engraving, image 205 x 130mm, on a folded sheet. [Image with light reflection from gum arabic.]
A bottle-nosed drinker rejecting the advances of a barmaid with a body of a bottle & cask.
[Ref: 7065]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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[A Valentine.]
[A Valentine.]
[n.d., c. 1880.]
Manuscript poem with print overlaid, glued to scrap album page, 180 x 260mm.
A love poem for St. Valentine's Day, with two stanzas either side of an excised coloured lithograph showing an officer and his beloved. Christmas/ New Year cards glued to verso of album page.
[Ref: 7423]   £75.00  
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Haste thee with this Valentine, thou silly man of letters, /
Haste thee with this Valentine, thou silly man of letters, / And try to do the best you can to serve and please your betters. / For I'd sooner live an old maid or else give up the ghost, / Than wed a grinning postman, as stupid as a post.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Colour-printed wood engraving with letterpress, image 210 x 165mm, on folded sheet.
[Ref: 7070]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Which is the Puppy?
Which is the Puppy?
[n.d., c.1870.]
Tinted lithograph, sheet 220 x 175mm.
[Ref: 7057]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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Your principles in vain you boast / You look just like Salvation's Ghost.
Your principles in vain you boast / You look just like Salvation's Ghost.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Tinted lithograph, sheet 560 x 220mm. Folded, some wear.
A Salvation Army trumpeter.
[Ref: 7029]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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One who can give a stab in the back.
One who can give a stab in the back.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Lithograph, printed in green, sheet 380 x 85mm. Folded, three small worm holes.
A woman with serpentine tongue & tail.
[Ref: 7034]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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As a Tailor's Goose, you're more known than admired...
As a Tailor's Goose, you're more known than admired...
[n.d., c.1870.]
Tinted lithograph, sheet 370 x 250mm. Folded.
A dandy goose.
[Ref: 7037]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Two to one on Blue Jacket, /
Two to one on Blue Jacket, / 'Gainst any other horse say. / For if I win I take it, / And if I lose I never pay.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Colour-printed wood engraving, image 200 x 130mm, on a folded sheet.
A dishonest bookmaker at the races.
[Ref: 7064]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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