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The Berners Street Hoax. Theodore Hook, a writer of popular comic operas, bet his friend Samuel Beazley a guinea that he could transform any house in London into the most talked about address in the city within a week. Hundreds of letters later, Hook won his bet: he had ordered all manner of goods and services to be delivered to the unsuspecting Mrs Tottingham at No 54 Berners Street. Mrs Tottingham, horrified, is seen opening the door: a coffin is being delivered and the tradesmen present include a milliner, and a greengrocer. Later, various dignitaries arrived lured by false stories. John Augustus Atkinson was an English painter who from 9 to 26 was in Russia at the court of the Czar. He was known also for battle scenes and gentle caricatures.
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