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Robert Peel as a tinker cries up his wares, including the reintroduction of income tax; Queen Victoria commends them to Prince Albert, but the Duke of Wellington complains about his rival. Lithograph ca. 1842.

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Peel is represented as a tinker carrying a bucket in one hand and a box labelled 'budget' on his back; he looks out at the viewer singing 'I mend kettles and cans, I hoop mugs, pottles, and pans, and over the country I trudget it. I eat when I'm hungry, I drink when I'm dry, and carry my all in my budget'. In his box is a book labelled 'income tax'. A rival (the Duke of Wellington) sits to the right claiming 'blowed if he hasn't taken away my best customer, I'd better give up the trade!' Right, Queen Victoria holding a saucepan labelled 'finance' reassures her husband 'I really think this will hold now it was always running out as the other man mended it'. She addresses her remarks to Prince Albert who holds their baby son Prince Albert Edward


London (377, Strand) : William Spooner, [1842?] [London](22, Denmark St., Soho : W. Kohler)

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1 print : lithograph ; image 33 x 23.6 cm.


The merry tinker


Wellcome Library no. 584092i


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