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[/URL] (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/10/belcher-in-the-public-bar/barroom_politicians_1914/) (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/10/belcher-in-the-public-bar/complaints_of_the_season/) (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/10/belcher-in-the-public-bar/soldier_sling_1914/)[URL="http://boakandbailey.com/2014/10/belcher-in-the-public-bar/woman_in_bar_c1914/"] (http://boakandbailey.com/2014/10/belcher-in-the-public-bar/spotted_dog/)It is George Belcher’s (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Belcher) reputation that he never uses professional models. For 40 of his 63 years he has haunted the bar parlors of second-rate London pubs in his search for the frowsy charladies, convivial rumpots, and pompus harpies whom he cajoles, wheedles and bribes into posing for the long series of charcoal and soft ground etchings that has made his work familar to every reader of Punch.

LIFE magazine, 7 march, 1938.Most of the pictures in this gallery first appeared in Punch c.1914; we’ve chosen to omit the*original joke captions because (a) they’re not all that funny and (b) they rather undercut the power of the images to evoke pub life of a hundred years ago.
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