The Bubble Blower.B_le, "Matty put the Screw On", K_rt_y, "O have, but it wont work, its loose,!!
Lithograph. Image 240 x 360mm, 9½ x 14". Creased.
A man sits on the smoke stack of a locomotive, blowing bubbles titled "Derby Election", "Great Eastern" and "Crystal Palace". One of the engineers shovels "railway votes" into the firebox of the boiler. A scarce satire about the influence of the railway companies on elections. The Crystal Palace was moved from Hyde Park to Sydenham in 1854; The Great Eastern Railway was formed 1862. The engineer is apparently Matthew Kirtley (1813-73), locomotive designer. He was Midland Railway Company's first Locomotive and Carriage Superintendent, based at their works in Derby.
[Ref: 18554] £170.00