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George Du Maurier (1834-1869)

The Triumph of Realism

British, 1879

Pen, brown ink and pencil on card

254 x 358 mm

 

Du Maurier was a Franco-English illustrator, author and cartoonist. This drawing was made for the satirical magazine Punch (1841-2002).

The magazine is responsible for coining the word ‘cartoon’ in its modern sense, as a humorous illustration, rather than just signifying a preliminary sketch. Du Maurier joined the magazine in 1865 and soon created his own set of characters, usually making fun of Victorian society. In this drawing, Blenkinsop gazes contentedly at a bust of himself made by a fashionable sculptor. To his companion he says: “It’s not so much as a work of art that I value it, Brown! but the likeness is so wonderful you know!”.

Purchased 1952 (No. 52.3)

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