Dunstan Mayor of Garrat
When second-hand wig-seller Jeffrey
Dunstan walks into the Leather Bottle pub in Wandsworth, it
soon leads to fierce competition amongst the local plebs as
to who will be the next mock-Mayor of Garratt, an election
fought with parades and floats and all the fun of carnival.
Since Jeffrey's competitors include publican Sam House, the
political agent for the infamous Charles James Fox,
it isn't long before the smart London set are drawn into the
fray. Not only the actor Garrick join the throng of
thousands but also the playwright Foote and that well-known
18th Century radical John Wilkes,
as well as the scandalous Duchess of Devonshire.
struck with the likeness of the 'Sir Jeffery Dustan' were
also for sale.
An original image of
Image also depicts a
Thomas Hall of No. 10 City Road was a taxidermist, curiosity
dealer and proprietor of an exhibition of stuffed birds and
animals, curiosities and natural phenomena. He was the owner
and exhibitor of the first Kangaroo ever to be brought to
Europe which is an illustration of the importance and
popularity of this establishment in Georgian London.
However, in line with the values of the day, animals were
not the only the exhibits at this museum and sadly deformed
humans, dwarfs and Africans were also put on show as a
curiosity and this penny token advertises one of them.
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