London: Printed at the "Catnach Press," by W. S. Fortey, [ca. 1850-1865?]. Broadside, approx. 7.5 x 10.13 inches, wove paper. Woodcut headpiece. Two old folds; somewhat foxed, soiled and edge-worn; in good condition. Item #16401
"I am dressed in my best, tho' I cannot pretend, That my costume is quite comme il faut; You observe that my watch has been left with a frien[d], And my gloves are unfitted for show." Two broadside songs of the sentimental-humorous sort, issued as an ephemeral and poorly printed small broadside on poor paper typical of the Catnach Press, that prolific publisher of cheap street literature--or, as the imprint has it here, "The Oldest and Cheapest House in the World for Ballads (4,000 sorts,) Children's Books, Song Books, &c." Fortey had taken over the reins of the press from the late Catnach's sister Annie Ryle in the 1840s after Catnach's retirement and death in 1841; Fortey continued to publish at the Catnach Press well into the 1880s, despite the demise of the ballad sheet in the face of competition from the cheap illustrated newspapers.