Broadside Ballads Online

from the Bodleian Libraries

Imprint Names:

Imprint Locations:

    between 1840 and 1866

Series Identifier:



1st Ballad - Roud Number: 23589

Title: Work, boys, work

First Line: I'm not a wealthy man, but I've hit upon a plan

Themes:  Work

2nd Ballad - Roud Number: V8263

Title: The Irish excavator

First Line: If you will listen to my song, I will not detain you long

1st Illustration

IconClass Codes:
41A721(+9): Chair (+ broken, damaged)
46B22: Wandering or travelling merchant
47B162: Handicrafts ~ other plant material
47(+442): Crafts and industries (+ reeds, rushes ~ crafts, industries, agriculture)
46B2211: 'cris de Paris', cries of London, etc.

2nd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
41D131: Dandy, beau
46A131: Bourgeoisie, middle class, citizens, burghers
46A17: Working class, labourers
41C741(+1): Pipe ~ tobacco (+ taking (particular) foodstuffs: eating, drinking, smoking, chewing, etc.)
46A2: Social contrast
41C742(+1): Cigar (+ taking (particular) foodstuffs: eating, drinking, smoking, chewing, etc.)


Shelfmark: 2806 c.15(238)

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Shelfmark: Harding B 11(4322)

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