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The rival watermen (caricature).

The rival watermen (caricature).
The rival watermen (caricature).
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: PW3973
Description: A satirical cartoonist uses tales of watermen’s rivalry to make a political point. Watermen had a long history of wrangling with passengers over fares and finding devious means of ousting their rivals. This lithograph, published two days after Queen Victoria’s wedding in February 1840, shows the Prime Minister Lord Melbourne encouraging the Queen in her marriage choice of Prince Albert.
Creator: John Doyle (published Thomas McLean)
Date: 12 February 1840
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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