Broadside Ballads Online

from the Bodleian Libraries

Imprint Names:

Imprint Locations:

    between 1845 and 1859


Ryle and Co., (successors to the late J. Catnach) Printers, 2 and 3, Monmouth Court, Seven Dials


1st Ballad - Roud Number: 493

Title: The new deserter

First Line: As I was walking up Ratcliffe highway

Subjects:  Albert, Prince Consort of Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1861

Themes:  Soldiers - desertion

2nd Ballad - Roud Number: V5506

Title: The shop-boy is free

First Line: I'm afloat I'm afloat, -- on the river I ride

Themes:  Excursions

1st Illustration

IconClass Codes:
44A1(+5)(WESTMINSTER SCHOOL): Coat of arms (as symbol of the state, etc.) (+ society)

2nd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
33C21: Courting
43B31: Inn, coffee-house, public house, etc.
33C231: Arm in arm (lovers)


Shelfmark: Firth b.26(241)

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