Stratagem better than Force --

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William Heath (pseud Paul Pry)

Stratagem better than Force - -

London, T. McLean, (c. 1829)


Original hand-colouring



An old woman and two little sweeps try in vain to move an ass laden with a big bag of soot. One boy tugs at the head, the other puts a thorn branch under the tail, the woman thrashes it furiously with a broom. On the right a costermonger’s donkey gallops off heavily laden with panniers of carrots &c., and with the costermonger, Irish in type, seated on its hind quarters; he holds a bunch of carrots tied to a stick in front of the animal’s nose and turns to wave his hat with a triumphant grin at the stationary group. On the horizon to the right can be seen the some of St Paul’s. BM15959