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Untitled Caricature of a Well-Dressed Dandy, c1830-1840

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Mounted coloured lithograph, untitled, designed and lithographed by anon, and published by Gabriel Shire Tregear, around 1830-1840.

A well-dressed dandyish red nosed man sits on a milestone. In the distance the skyline of London is visible. Lettered below design: “Hark, I thinks I hear Bow Bells say turn again Jenkins, Lord Mayor of London, it can’t be, yes it is so, no, yes, no, its the Vurkhouse Bell,”.

The sound of the church bells of St Mary-le-Bow is prominent in the story of ‘Dick Whittington and His Cat’ where the bells are credited with having persuaded him to turn back from Highgate and remain in London to become Lord Mayor. Thus, the landmark Whittington Stone at the foot of Highgate Hill is commonly perceived to be place where Dick Whittington stopped and heard the famous bells.