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Thread #15769 Message #3694930
Posted By: Steve Gardham
17-Mar-15 - 08:13 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Flora Lily of the West
Subject: RE: Origins: Flora Lily of the West
Whilst it was widely printed in the middle of the century both Catnach and Pitts printed it in England. The Pitts printing is at his number 6 address which indicates after 1818 and could be up to 1844. I think Catnach would have been 1830s, so a rough guess would be c1830 between them. Only a few Dublin-printed sheets of the middle of the century set it in Ireland, such as Birmingham and Nugent. There were only a few 19th century hacks allowed to have their names on the sheets as authors. Both George Brown and John Morgan lived in London. Morgan was more prolific but Brown wrote such pieces as Pretty Caroline, The Merchant's Daughter and Constant Farmer's Son, Bonny Bunch of Roses-O, The Dark-eyed Sailor, The Cruel Lowland Maid, as well as this one. One of his datable pieces is dated 1834.