Punch,  12 (1847), [89].

Another Version of Johnny Gilpin



Illustration, Caricature; Poetry, Drollery

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Railways, Transport, Government, Politics, Commerce

    Shows Lord George Bentinck as a jockey riding a steam locomotive as if it were a horse, his arms clasped around its smokestack. This alludes to Bentinck's notorious fascination with horse-riding, and his introduction of a bill into parliament that proposed to build a new railway in Ireland. According to Altick 1997, the figure of £16,000,000 appearing in the smoke belched from the engine was the amount that Bentinck needed to raise for the project.

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