January 24, 2007
Our friend Andrew Tettenborn (Exeter) mentions that during the 19th century Pickfords was a major part of British culture, as witness this scene from Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe (1890):
[Enter Lord Mountararat and Lord Tolloller from Westminster Hall.]
Celia: You seem annoyed.
Lord Mountararat: Annoyed! I should think so! Why, this ridiculous protégé of yours is playing the deuce with everything! To-night is the second reading of his Bill to throw the Peerage open to Competitive Examination!
Lord Tolloller: And he’ll carry it, too!
Lord Mountararat: Carry it? Of course he will! He’s a Parliamentary Pickford – he carries everything!
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