Victorian 19th-century Pen & Ink Cartoon after Seymour, Better luck next time


An original 19th-century pen & ink drawing, Victorian Cartoon after Seymour, Better luck next time.

A copy after a popular, humorous cartoon in the 1836 publication Sketches by Seymour, by British illustrator Robert Seymour (1798–1836): Scene XIII. Better luck next time. The lamentation of Joe Grishin.

The cartoon depicts a scene of black comedy, the unfortunate figure not only unsuccessful in love but also in his attempt to end it all.

Unsigned. Inscribed lower centre: "Better luck next time".
Some age toning as shown.
23.9cm x 17.3cm.

This drawing forms part of a collection of Victorian 19th-century hand-drawn satirical cartoons and caricatures. Many of the drawings are after illustrator Robert Seymour’s popular lithographs in “Sketches by Seymour”; others are after renowned Punch illustrator John Leech. Very much a record of their time, many of the cartoons satirise contemporary figures and preoccupations, such as bourgeois anxieties over the rise of the urban working classes, the pompous activities of the gentleman game shooter and gluttonous alderman, the prudish lady bather and snobbish lady about town.

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Product code: JE-147

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