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The Pollytickle Situation

c1905. Ink and wash, signed “Drawed by Hops Understudy” lower left, 31.3 x 48.3cm. Minor tears or missing portions to edges, slight foxing.

Image shows the Attorney-General Sir Charles Gregory Wade “Weighed” with a quill in his hat labelled “NSW Likker [Liquor] Act”, holding a pocket watch and auger with a “Social Gimlet Society” [Sydney Purity Association] placard. In the background a young boy holds a jug reading “Dad’s Sunday Booze” while a police officer [NSW Premier Sir Joseph Carruthers] holds a gun to his head.

Charles Wade’s Liquor (Amendment) Act of 1905 “was a victory for the temperance movement.” Ref: ADB; Wiki.

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Item #CL194-95

Price (AUD): $1,650.00  Other currencies

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