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Trade card for the Leather Bottle Hotel, Cobham, Kent.

Additional Title(s):

Leather Bottle Hotel

Dickens' old Pickwick, Leather Bottle Hotel

England, 1860s?
Physical Description:
1 trade card ; 9.1 x 12.6 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
TX910.G7 L43 1860
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Related Content:
View catalog record for orginal copper plate used to print the trade card
BAC: British Art Center copy is housed with the original copper plate used to print the present trade card. See link herewith.
Text, from top left to bottom right: "Hot punch, a specialité. An ordinary at half past one. Superior bedrooms & private apartments. Dickens' old Pickwick, Leather Bottle Hotel. Cobham, opposite the church & college, Kent. All among the cherries, apples & hops. Favorite resort of Charles Dickens. 4 miles from Gravesend & Strood, 1 mile from Sole St. Station, L.C. & D. Ry. Luncheons, dinners & teas served in the Pickwick Room. Billiards & pool, table by Burroughes & Watts. 'Clean & commodious' vide Pickwick. Telegrams- 'Pickwick, Cobham, Kent.'"
The engraved trade card includes a small portrait of Dickens and a larger illustration of Samuel Pickwick addressing the Pickwick Club -- the latter copied faithfully from Robert Seymour's illustration in the Pickwick papers (1836). The Leather Bottle inn is described in chapter 11 of the novel, and Dickens was a frequent visitor there in the 1860s.
Subject Terms:
Burroughes & Watts.
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Homes and haunts
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. Pickwick papers.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Hotels -- Great Britain.
Leather Bottle (Cobham, England)
Taverns (Inns) -- Great Britain.
Tourism -- Great Britain.
Trade cards (advertising)
Printed ephemera.
Engravings -- 1860-1870.
Seymour, Robert, 1798-1836, illustrator.

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