Reginald’s Wooing. An Anglo Australian Romance. Livingston Hopkins, 1846–1927 Amer./Aust.
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Reginald’s Wooing. An Anglo Australian Romance

1883. Colour lithograph, 11 panels, each numbered consecutively, two are initialled “L.H.” or “L. Hop”, 45.5 x 57.1cm (sheet). Old folds, slight foxing, repaired minor tears to margins. Laid down on acid-free paper.

Text includes “Supplement to the Christmas number of the The Bulletin, Sydney NSW, 1883.”

“Reginald’s Wooing” tells the story of an Englishman “cut off with a shilling” by his father at the prospect of his marrying a farmer’s daughter. He escapes to Australia to make money as a gold digger and mounted police officer. When his father dies, he receives an inheritance which wins over the farmer and his daughter and he returns to England.

The idiom “cut off with a shilling” relates to an old British notion that if the “name of the heir should appear in the will; and if he was bequeathed ‘a shilling,’ that the testator had not forgotten him, but disinherited him intentionally.” Ref: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1894.

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Item #CL198-30

Price (AUD): $1,650.00  other currencies

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