Victorian Pen & Ink Cartoon Drawing after Seymour, Urchins with Pistol


An original 19th-century pen & ink drawing, Victorian Cartoon after Seymour, Urchins with Pistol.

A Victorian copy after a popular, humorous cartoon in the 1836 publication Sketches by Seymour, by British illustrator Robert Seymour (1798–1836): Scene IX. “Shoot away, Bill! never mind the old woman—she can’t get over the wall to us.”

The text reads: "Fire away Bill the old woman can't get over the wall."

Laid down on backing paper.

Unsigned. Inscribed below on the backing paper.
There is some age toning and historic glue marks as shown.
17.9cm x 13.7cm.

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-122

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