Punch's Complete Tradesman: No. II [2/5]
Serial, Dialogue, Spoof
Adulteration, Narcotics, Disease, Crime, Commerce
Involves a dialogue between Mr Grig, 'of the Italian Warehouse', his wife and children, and the 'Shopman'. Mr Grig explains how he colours sprats with 'red earth full of iron' and sells them as anchovies, and stresses the beneficial effects of iron on the human body. He also evades his son's observation that another adulterating substance used by him—Venetian red—contains a toxic substance, red lead. The illustration shows a tradesman mixing sprats with Venetian red in a mortar marked 'Anchovy Paste'.
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