British Illustrators scrapbook
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0.167 Cubic Feet (1 volume)
Scope and Contents
Works of several illustrators of the period are included in the scrapbook. A black and white lithograph by Andrew Picken (1815- 1845) entitled "The Farmer's Boy," part of an Old Masters Series is shown. Another which gives a view of a Turkish bath in Syria is by William Henry Bartlett (1809-1854), a topographical illustrator, most likely drawn for John Carne's published volume, Syria, the Holy Land, Asia Minor, &c. published in 1836. Two colored lithographs by Charles Jameson Grant (fl.1831-1846) are examples of coarse caricatures published in the penny papers and weekly journals of the period. Grant later did woodcut illustrations for Punch.
The London publisher, G. S. Tregear, who called his business, "a Humorous and Sporting Print Shop," produced several series of caricatures during the 1830s. In 1834, Tregear's published Tregear's Black Jokes for which W. Summers produced a series of colored, numbered, and titled caricatures drawn in a grotesque style to depict black social life. The scrapbook includes the following: No. 3-"Marriage a la Mode"; No. 4-"The Christening"; No. 8-"The Breaking Up"; No. 10-"The Concert"; No. 11-"Miss Whites birth-day Party"; No. 12-"The Lubber Quarrel"; No. 15-"Cinderella and the Black Prince"; No. 18-"The Advertisement"; and No. 19-"The Wedding Feast." Other caricatures published by Tregear, (artists unknown) are included in the scrapbook, some from another series called "Scraps" mocking both town and country life in England.
Another illustrator whose pieces are included in the scrapbook is Henry Heath (fl.1824-1850). His color caricatures are described as vignettes, each with a title, most often dealing with cockney humor. There are two examples of his work in the collection.
The last identifiable artist is Joe Lisle, a caricaturist, whose work was usually done in colored aquatints. In the scrapbook is an illustration titled "Cheap Music."
Many illustrations cannot be identified by artist, but there are a variety of pieces that clearly suggest the taste and interests of the English public in the early nineteenth century. Several cartoons are included that spoof the manners and dress of the various classes of society. Others are references to politics and sports. There are several beautiful hand-colored engravings of women posed in foreign costume and of hunters and dogs in the country. Pastoral scenes and views of children, drawn in black and white, are rich in detail.
The collection is both a view of English life and culture in the early nineteenth century and a study of the way in which the new process of lithography was used for illustration.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Abbey, John Roland. Life in England in Aquatint and Lithography, 1770-1860. London: Priv. print. at the Curwen Press, 1953. (Garrett Library NE143 .S55 1953)
Houfe, Simon. The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists, 1800-1914. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1981. (Spec. Coll. Reference NC978 .H651 1981).
- Bartlett, W. H. (William Henry), 1809-1854
- Caricatures and cartoons
- Grant, C. J. (Charles Jameson), active 1830-1852
- Great Britain
- Heath, Henry, active 1824-1850
- Lisle, Joe
- Lithography, British
- Picken, Andrew, 1815-1845
- Summers, W. (William), 1816-1880
- illumination (image-making process)
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