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Lubly Rose Oh! Coal Black Rose,
Lubly Rose Oh! Coal Black Rose, Tank you Sambo yes I cum, Don't you hear the Banjo tum, tum, Oh! Rose the Coal.
[n.d. c.1830]
Very rare lithograph, sheet 190 x 210mm (7½ x 8¼"). Restored creasing.
A visualization of a racist song. "Coal Black Rose" is a folk song, one of the earliest songs to be sung by a man in blackface. The man dressed as an overweight and overdressed black woman, who was found unattractive and masculine-looking. The song was first performed in the United States in the late 1820s, possibly by George Washington Dixon (c.1801-61). During the height of its popularity, the general assumption was that Dixon's performances of "Coal Black Rose" in 1829 were the birth of blackface minstrels. The lyrics of "Coal Black Rose" tells of a fight between two black men, Sambo and Cuffee, rivals for the same woman.
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The Dancing Lesson [set of four]
The Dancing Lesson [set of four]
Etch.d by G Cruik_k.
Pub.d July 8th 1822 by G. Humphrey, 27 St James's St, London. [Pt 2. March 6th 1824 by Humphrey; Pts 3 & 4. March 1 1825..]
Four coloured etchings. Each sheet approx. 125 x 165mm (5 x 6½"). Trimmed to border and laid on album paper in a strip, concertinaed into a leather pouch with facsimile of Cruikshank's signature.
Four fine coloured etchings published over a period of four years, showing a dancing master instructing children while accompanying them on the violin. Etched by George Cruikshank (1792-1878). The son of a notable satirist (who died following a drinking match when George was only 19, leaving him as the family breadwinner), Cruikshank was a prolific and celebrated caricaturist from an early age. Alongside contemporaries such as Rowlandson and Gillray, he ridiculed the excesses of late Georgian Britain with devastating effectiveness (George IV eventually paid him 'not to caricature His Majesty in any immoral situation'). These prints date from the time when Cruikshank left behind political satire and moved into humorous book illustration.
BM Satires 14436 [1]; 14899 [3, in 1835 reissue only]; 14890 [4, in 1835 reissue only].
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