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Cast Iron Duke

Fougasse (Cyril Kenneth Bird) (1887-1965)


Pen and ink

2 x 3 inches

Punch, 3 May 1961, Page 667

Idols fall, traditions crumble, legends decompose horribly. the headmaster of Eton now tells us that what Wellington really said about the playing-fields and Waterloo was that he learned his spirit of adventure jumping over the ditch at the bottom of the school matron's garden. all we want now is to hear that when he said 'up, guards, and at 'em', he was offering a highly impracticable answer to Queen Victoria's question about how to get the sparrows out of the Crystal Palace

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