An original 19th-century pen & ink drawing, Victorian Cartoon, Gentleman & Cobbler.
A humorous Victorian cartoon: a well-dressed gentleman and a working class cobbler discuss their activities at Whitsuntide, satirising class inequalities of Victorian society. This is likely a copy after a popular print of the day.
The text reads: "Vy Bill you doesn't look as if you vos a going to Grinnage this Vitsuntide"
Nor more I arn't, but ve may see you are by your grinning".
Laid down on backing paper.
Initialled lower right: "G.K." or "S.K."
There is some age toning and historic glue marks as shown.
16.1cm x 12.5cm.
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-134