1 vols. 5-1/2 x 8 inches. Original Late Victorian Cartoon Sketchbook. Black pebble-grained cloth, slightly rubbed, faint waterstaining to topmost margin, else very good. Item #19306
An amateur production, but quite a nice one. The artist, residing at 170 Loughboro Road, Brixton, was heavily influenced by the work of the great comic artist Phil May, and comes quite close to May's spirit and technique, particularly in his depiction of sandwich men with incongruous signs (an ugly man advertises "The Ladies Idol”, a hungry one, a remedy for overeating.) Of particular interest is the drawing of an extremely nondescript woman standing in front of a St. James Theatre board advertising “A Woman of No Importance”, Wilde's play having opened two years earlier.
The drawings, most of them captioned cartoons in the style of Punch, deal with such subjects as music hall comics, Cockneys, female fashions, drunks, sport (a one-eyed, one-legged player is asked “I thought you'd given up football” and replies “I had to for a time, but I'm all right again now”), weddings, street accidents, children, and rich Americans (“I reckon I and the gals are just going to give this hyar London Season fits.”)
UNIQUE AND DELIGHTFUL.
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