'Mr Fubes's Course of 15 lectures on Science', c 1840-50.
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Lithograph by Robert Seymour taken from a series entitled: 'Sketches by Seymour, No 16 vol 3' published by G S Tregear of 96 Cheapside in London . The sketch is a satire on the likely audience for 'Mr Fubes' Lectures on Popular Science' advertised in a notice on the wall. Two men are sitting in a booth in a cafe. The man standing appears to be a coalman from his headgear and is reading a newspaper; the other is probably a tailor and is sitting down reading a book entitled: 'Tales of Love'. The coalman is asking, 'Have you read the Leader, Mr Brisket?'. His friend replies, ' No, I never touch a newspaper, they are so werry wenal and woid of sentiment'. Dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.