Victorian London - Publications - Humour - Punch - street musicians

    Promenade Concerts, instruments and vocal, take place daily in the streets.
    The former, consisting of a cornopean, harp and violin, are usually held towards dusk in front of a retail wine-vaults; the latter comprise three or four children and a father or conductor, who frequent quiet streets, and after detailing an autobiography, perform a hymn of many verses, with an obligato chorus, thrown in ad libitum, until ordered off by the nearest policeman.

Punch, Jan.-Jun. 1842