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  • , 1756-1811



Publish'd July 24, 1808, by Laurie & Whittle, 53, Fleet Street, London


References: M.D. George, British Museum Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires, no. 11202; The Cruikshankian Momus (1892)

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Ballad - Roud Number: V1906

Title: Tom Tack's ghost

First Line: I courted Polly of Spithead

Attributation: Written by C. Dibdin, Jun. and sung with unbounded applause by Mr. Bannister. Composed by Mr. W. Reeve

Authors:  Dibdin, Charles, 1768-1833Reeve, William, 1757-1835

Performers:  Bannister, John, 1760-1836

Themes:  Ghosts


IconClass Codes:
41C741(+1): Pipe ~ tobacco (+ taking (particular) foodstuffs: eating, drinking, smoking, chewing, etc.)
13A1: Spirit, ghost
45C16(CANNON): Firearms: cannon
41D212: Coat, cape
41D221: Head-gear
41D231: Trousers, breeches
41D222: Neck-gear ~ clothing
46C24(+12): Sailing-ship, sailing-boat (+ interior ~ vehicle, ship, etc.)
46C271: Crew ~ ship
45C161: Ammunition
41D28: Disguise
41A762: Hammock
31B621(+925): Morphology of facial expression ~ eyes (+ being frightened)


Shelfmark: Harding B 10(26)

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