Design For The New Postage Envelopes.This Design has (most respectfully of course) been submitted to the Government by an aspiring Artist Mul-led-al-ready.
London, Published by Messrs. Fores, 41, Piccadilly, May 6th. 1840.
Lithograph, sheet 285 x 440mm. 11¼ x 17¼". Centrefolds; chipped upper left.
Satire on the first penny post envelope designed in 1839 for the Post Office by William Mulready. Britannia is seated upper centre, wearing a mask, despatching postmen through the air to different parts of the World; a lion stands in front of her, wearing a patch over his left eye, letters hanging from his tail. In the foreground at left and right, two postmen riding horses at high speed, passing signposts, the one at left inscribed 'Clapham', and the one to right 'Hampstead'. Other humorous vignettes include Chinese smoking opium, and a black man tapping a barrel of rum next to a European thumbing his nose at the flying postmen. Postal history item. By John Leech (1817 - 1864).
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