Silencing a Charley: 1822

George Humphrey

 
Silencing a Charley: 1822
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 27cm

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Silencing a Charley. By the early 19th century, the slang for a watchman was a 'charley'. It is not known where this nickname came from, but it later became a general term for a fool. In this print, two prostitutes in a tavern are bribing a watchman.

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