Joseph Clayton Clarke, Cigarette Card Drawing, Tony Weller Pickwick Papers 1910


An original 1910 watercolour painting, Joseph Clayton Clarke 'Kyd' Illustration for Cigarette Card, Tony Weller, Pickwick Papers.

The fantastic original artwork for one of a series of 50 cigarette card designs produced by Joseph Clayton Clarke, known as Kyd, for John Player & Sons in 1910.

Here Tony Weller from The Pickwick Papers is rendered in ink and wash. The book, published in 1837, remains exceptionally popular, especially in its merciless mockery of the law and lawyers. Tony Weller, proprietor of the Marquis of Granby Inn in Dorking, is depicted in characteristic pose with pipe.

On laid paper laid down on thin drawing board.

This drawing comes with the corresponding printed cigarette card, on which the figure's pose is slightly different.

One of pair of Dickens illustrations that we have for sale (see JN-151).

Signed lower right.
Some age toning, foxing and marks, including a small indentation to the paper to the upper left of the figure. There is hairline repaired damage to the right-hand edge.
20.8cm x 15cm.

Joseph Clayton Clarke (1857-1937) worked under the pseudonym ‘Kyd’. Born on the Isle of Man, Clarke had many occupations during his lifetime, including designer of cigarette cards and postcards, and as a fore-edge painter principally specializing in characters from the works of Charles Dickens. 'Kyd' emulated the larger-than-life characters that he portrayed, dressing in a flamboyant style for the period.

Clarke’s illustrations can be found in the collections of the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Charles Dickens Museum and the University of Texas at Austin.

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Product code: JN-150

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