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A Good New Year

GUL, Sp Coll, Northern Looking Glass

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A Good New Year

Coloured cartoon from the Northern Looking Glass 9 January 1826, the third in a series of cartoons depicting events in Glasgow at Hogmanay. Entitled "A Good New Year" it depicts the scene as the clock strikes midnight.

"The butler has just entered, bearing a huge currant bun, and is obliged to be assisted in his task, having evidently been drinking deep to the "coming year", nor does the footman who brings up the rear with the "Het Pint" (a mixture of ale, spirits, sugar and spices, generally drunk at this season) appear to be less sparing in his potations. Indeed we are not sure the artist has not maliciously exhibited symptoms of the mirth-inspiring God, in the countenances of some of the company; we mean of course the gentlemen."

"The old lady at the head of the table soberly enjoys the mirth of the evening in a manner befitting her years, whilst the children, allowed on such occasion to sit up beyond their usual time of rest, struggle hard against the drowsy addressed of the drowsy God, and have with difficulty been kept awake till the appearance of the promised New Year."

Reference: Sp Coll Bh14-x.8

Glasgow University Library, Special Collections

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