1 vols. Image 9-1/2 x 12 inches; attractively gilt-framed, with lettered French mat, 17-1/2 x 19-1/2 inches overall. Original Drawing of Mr. Verdant Green at Cricket. Houfe, British Book Illustrators, p. 230. Item #21764
A popular Victorian literary character was Mr. Verdant Green, an Oxford Freshman, hero of several books written and illustrated by a Midland vicar, Rev. Edward Bradley (1827-1889) under the pen-name of Cuthbert Bede. Bradley had learned wood-engraving from no less than George Cruikshank, but, as Houfe notes, “remained very much the amateur, illustrating his own books…and others in a jolly and careless style.” He also drew for Punch, and “was one of the first illustrators to satirise photography.”
This drawing, jolly and careless, shows two sketches of the hapless freshman unsuccessfully defending a wicket--the drawings appear in more finished wood-engraved form on pages 100-101 of The Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green-- and a more formal portrait, done in the year in which The Adventures first appeared, thus making it an Oxford, literary, and cricket item all in one.
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