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Thomas Bewick (1753-1828)

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Illustration by Thomas Bewick

Detail of a tailpiece by T. Bewick

By Rev. William Turner

Though the art of cutting or engraving on wood is undoubtedly of high antiquity, as the Chinese and Indian modes of printing on paper, cotton, and silk, sufficiently prove; though, even in Europe, the art of engraving on blocks of wood may probably be traced higher than that of printing usually so called; and though, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, designs were executed of great beauty and accuracy, yet the bare inspection of these is sufficient to prove that their methods must have been very different from that which Bewick … Read full article on Thomas Bewick »

Frederick Sandys

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the old chartist (detail)

The old chartist (detail)

By George C. Williamson

SANDYS, Antony Frederick, A.N., generally called Frederick Sandys, sometimes F. K. Sandys from his habit of signing the name Frederick thus, “Fk. Sandys.”
This clever artist was bom at Norwich in 1832, and educated at the Norwich Grammar School, applying himself at a very early age with earnestness to drawing and painting. He never attended the Royal Academy Schools as has been stated, and was not a pupil either of Richmond or Lawrence. Lawrence he never met but for a few minutes, and his acquaintance with Richmond was only as that of a family friend, and never the relationship of pupil and teacher… Read full article on Frederick Sandys »

Honoré Daumier (1808-1879)

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Illustration by Daumier

Lithograph by H. Daumier

By Henry James.

As we attempt, at the present day, to write the history of everything, it would be strange if we had happened to neglect the annals of caricature; for the very essence of the art of Cruikshank and Gavarni, of Daumier and Leech, is to be historical; and every one knows how addicted is this great science to discoursing about itself. Many industrious seekers, in England and France, have ascended the stream of time to the source of the modern movement of pictorial satire. The stream of time is in this case mainly the stream of journalism; for social and political caricature, as the present century has practiced it, is only journalism made doubly vivid… Read full article on Honoré Daumier »

Gustave Doré (1832–1883)

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Illustration by Gustave Doré

Engraved after a drawing by G. Doré

By Elbert Hubbard

It was at the Café de L’Horloge in Paris. Mr. Whistler sat leaning on his cane, looking off into space, dreamily and wearily.
He aroused enough to answer the question:
“Doré – Gustave Doré – an artist? Why, the name sounds familiar! Oh, yes, an illustrator. Ah, now I understand; but there is a difference between an artist and an illustrator, you know, my boy. Doré – yes, I knew him – he had bats in his belfry!”… Read full article on Gustave Doré »

Frédéric de Courcy (1832- ? )

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Illustration by Frédéric de Courcy

Engraved after a drawing by F. de Courcy

Courcy Frédéric (de) was a painter, born Alexandre-Frédéric Charlot de Courcy in Paris, on 28 March 1832. His father, a writer of light comedies, was also known as Frédéric de Courcy. For the record, the cast of one of his plays, Le courrier de la malle (The mail coach agent, written with M. de Rougemont and C. Dupeuty and published in 1832) featured Henry Monnier (1799 – 1877), an actor and playwright, but also a renowed artist in the heyday of nineteenth century French book illustration… Read full article on Frédéric de Courcy »

Léon Job-Vernet (1830- ? )

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Illustration by Léon Job-Vernet

From a drawing by L. Job-Vernet

Job-Vernet Léon – He was a painter, a pastellist and a lithographer born in Paris on 11 May 1830. He studied painting with Léon Cogniet (1764-1880) – who also taught Messonnier, Rosa Bonheur, Charbonnel… – and he was admitted at the Paris Ecole des Beaux-Arts (School Of Fine Arts) on 2 October 1844. Although he seemed to be travelling a lot and at some point to even divide his life between France and the United States, he managed to exhibit at the Paris Salon in 1849, 1850, 1853, 1857, 1859, 1868, 1869 and 1870.

In 1857 however, the year he probably did his series of drawings for… Read full article on Léon Job-Vernet »

Paul Gavarni (1804-1866)

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Illustration by Gavarni

Engraved after a lithograph by P. Gavarni

By Henri Beraldi

GAVARNI (Guillaume-Sulpice CHEVALLIER – He first signed his work Hippolyte Chevalier).
A mere article would hardly be adequate to encompass the work and the life of the artist who depicted the mores of the nineteenth century. We’ll simply try to give here essential biographical information and to outline the three phases in the evolution of Gavarni’s talent. Anyone willing to collect his work should get MM. Mahérault and Bocher’s catalogue.

Gavarni came to light relatively late, When he was already in his thirties. He was a Parisian, born 13 January 1804, rue des Vieilles-Haudriettes… Read full article on Paul Gavarni »

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