Tag Archives: caricature

A Wheelbarrow to Hell

In a previous post, The natural History of the Wheelbarrow, I published a series of images in which a woman was carried around in a wheelbarrow, usually by a loving husband or servants. The first image, however, showed a devil … Continue reading

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Edible Clothes Redux

When I posted two of George Cruikshank’s caricatures which might have inspired Edward Lear in writing “The New Vestments” I forgot to link to this great article on Lear’s poem by Carol Rumens in the Guardian of 30 December 2013: Edward Lear’s The … Continue reading

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Edible Clothes

See the Graphic Arts blog for a detailed description of the above prints. Edward Lear, “The New Vestments,” Laughable Lyrics, 1877. There lived an old man in the kingdom of Tess, Who invented a purely original dress; And when it was … Continue reading

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Bonnets

George Cruikshank, Undeviating Rectitude, 1819. British Museum images.

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The Natural History of the Wheelbarrow

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Dancing Monstrosities

In a previous post I showed that Edward Lear was probably at least partially indebted to George Cruikshank for the frequently recurring osmosis between humans and animals, and I posted Cruiskhank’s Montrosities of 1821 as an example of extremely caricatural … Continue reading

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A Choice Collection of Queens and Kings, and other Things

In February 2011 I posted a review of some Christmas books for 1874, “Nonsense for Big and Little Babies” from Judy. Among the books reviewed was A Choice Collection of Queens and Kings, and other Things by S.A. the Princess Hesse Schwartzbourg, … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Romulus and Remus

The following is another picture story available from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where you will find higher resolution scans. It is the incomplete (or unfinished) companion to Edward Lear’s other Roman history: The Tragical Life and Death of … Continue reading

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Zoological Sketches

Osmosis between humans and animals is one of the recurring features of Edward Lear’s limericks, and one of the most often commented on by critics. It often involves birds as in the following cases, all from A Book of Nonsense: … Continue reading

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Awful Protection against Midges

John Everett Millais, Awful Protection against Midges, 1853. Pen and sepia ink on paper. Signed with monogram, inscribed and dated 1853. This drawing comes from a series of about twenty-five amusing records that Millais made as a visual diary of … Continue reading

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