Lithograph with hand-colouring, sheet 205 x 280mm (8 x 11"). Trimmed to border and glued to backing sheet.
'Cross Readings' were a curious Victorian print genre depicting a palimpsest of notices pasted against fences so they could be read downwards as complete sentences. These prints both anticipated Surrealist techniques and recorded the interests and events of the period. This print includes references to ballooning, steam transport, entertainment, punishment and trade. An example sentence is 'Mr. G. Robins will / on Monday next at twelve o'clock precisely Swallow / 8 fine male elephants three Kangaroos and an enormous Bengal Tigress / Without Reserve The Proprietor retiring from Swallow Street.' Australian interest.
for another version of this image see ref. 14145
[Ref: 32271] £180.00