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OLD COLOURED BOOKS

[Illustration: THE REVD. DOCTOR SYNTAX]

OLD COLOURED BOOKS

BY

GEORGE PASTON

WITH SIXTEEN COLOURED PLATES

METHUEN & CO. 36 ESSEX STREET W.C. LONDON

First Published in 1905

CONTENTS

I PAGE

RUDOLF ACKERMANN 3

THOMAS ROWLANDSON 5

WILLIAM COMBE 9

II

THE CRUIKSHANK BROTHERS 16

DAVID CAREY 21

CHARLES MOLLOY WESTMACOTT 23

PIERCE EGAN AND THEODORE LANE 26

GEORGE CRUIKSHANK 28

III

HENRY ALKEN 32

CHARLES JAMES APPERLEY 35

ROBERT SMITH SURTEES 39

IV

The Pickwick Illustrators

ROBERT SEYMOUR 41

ROBERT WILLIAM BUSS 43

HABLÔT KNIGHT BROWNE 45

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

PAGE

THE REV. DR. SYNTAX Frontispiece From The Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of the Picturesque

DR. SYNTAX IN THE GLASS HOUSE 8 From The Second Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of Consolation

QUÆ GENUS OFFICIATING AT A GAMING HOUSE 9 From Johnny Quæ Genus

BY GAMBLERS LINKED IN FOLLY'S NOOSE 13 From The Dance of Life

SUBSCRIPTION ROOM AT BROOKS 14 From The Microcosm of London

VAUXHALL GARDENS 15 From The Microcosm of London

DEATH'S DANCE 19 From The Dance of Death Volume I.

HUNTING THE SLIPPER 20 From The Vicar of Wakefield

TOM AND JERRY IN THE SALOON AT COVENT GARDEN 25 From Life in London

ADVENTURES IN A WHISKEY PARLOUR 28 From Real Life in Ireland

RACE HORSE 34 From The National Sports of Great Britain

A NEW HUNTER 36 From The Life of John Mytton

MR. RIDGEWAY'S GOOD HEALTH 38 From The Life of a Sportsman

"O, GENTLEMEN, GENTLEMEN!" 39 From Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities

MR. JORROCKS' LECTURE ON 'UNTING 40 From Handley Cross

COLOURED TITLE PAGE 41 From The Analysis of the Hunting Field

SOME OLD ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

I

It is an unromantic fact, but one which cannot fail to be of interest at the present time, that the remarkable development of the graver's art in England during the latter part of the eighteenth century was due, in a measure at least, to Protection. In the middle of the century our trade in engravings was still an import one, English print sellers being obliged to pay hard cash for the prints they bought in France, since the French took none in exchange. But with the accession of George III. a better prospect dawned for the artist and engraver. The young King, unlike his immediate predecessors, desired to patronise native talent; no budding Hogarth should draw unflattering comparisons between himself and the King of Prussia as an "Encourager of the Arts." And in spite of the gibes of Peter Pindar, in spite of the royal preference for Ramsay over Reynolds, it is probable that George III. was sincere in his desire to stimulate the growth of British art. In 1769 the long talked of Royal Academy was founded; while, for the benefit of the rising school of English engravers, bounties were granted on the exportation of English prints, and heavy duties imposed on the importation of French prints. Politics and patriotism were not without their influence upon the trade, many a good courtier being willing to help the cause by the purchase of an inexpensive print, though he was not yet prepared to patronise a British painter... Continue reading book >>




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