Punch,  56 (1869), 162.

The Art-House and the Ale-House



Letter, Spoof


Education, Religion, Museums, Government, Narcotics, Class

    Addressing Anthony A Cooper (7th Earl of Shaftesbury), an ardent sabbatarian, the letter-writer suggests that it is better for people to spend their Sunday afternoons in the South Kensington Museum than in a public house, and questions Shaftesbury's argument that 'the people' objected to visiting museums on Sundays. Argues that the people to whom Shaftesbury was referring were members of the middle class, not the artisans whom the government wish to attract to museums on Sundays. Reminds Shaftesbury that artisans, unlike the middle classes, have few other opportunities in the week to visit museums.

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