|Punch and the Beadle|
Magic Lantern Slide, 19th C.
The Victoria & Albert Museum
Number ten of the set of twelve glass, Punch and Judy-themed magic lantern slides by Theobald & Co. in the V&A’s George Speaight Archive, this hand-colored slide depicts Mr. Punch and the Beadle (the policeman).
The following text accompanies the slide during a magic lantern show:
Beadle: Now, Mr. Punch, you just come along of me. I’m going to lock you up for throwing your baby out of window.
Punch: Lock me up? No you wont! I wont be locked up! Here take this tuppence and be off.
Beadle: Now look here Mr. Punch, none of that. You just come along with me quietly, or I shall make you feel my staff. If you don’t come without trouble I shall strike you.
Punch: And you just see my stick. If you don’t go I shall strike you. Take that, and that.
Beadle: Help, help, he’s striking me. Come on you ruffian, you bad wicked old man, off you come to prison.