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The Dustman's Wife part 04

The Dustman's Wife part 04

Composer: Hunt, G W

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: H.1257.(3.)

Item number: Tract (3.)

Genre: Printed Music and Illustrated Cover

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Many Music Hall songs were about local characters, so that audiences could relate to them. They were filled with dramatisation and exaggeration and did not always end happily and as such, this is a typical example. Here Fred French sings as 'The Dustman'. He marries a girl who lived in Bethnal Green but is a jealous husband. He hears through gossip mongers that she is having an affair with the Baker and is so enraged that he kills her with a carving knife. He is then wracked with guilt and commits suicide.

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