Victorian Pen & Ink Cartoon after Seymour, Confessions of a Sportsman Old Foozle


An original 19th-century pen & ink drawing, Victorian Cartoon after Seymour, Confessions of a Sportsman, Old Foozle.

A Victorian copy after a popular, humorous cartoon in the 1836 publication Sketches by Seymour, by British illustrator Robert Seymour (1798–1836):  Scene XXIII. Confessions of a Sportsman. Old Foozle.

The text reads: “I say, Jack, are there any fish in this pond?”
"There may be, but I should think they were werry small, cause there vos no vater in this here pond, afore that there rain yesterday."

Laid down on backing paper.

Unsigned. Inscribed below on the backing paper.
There is some age toning and historic glue marks as shown.
17.6cm x 13.6cm.

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-123

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