1831 John Doyle Hand Colored Lithograph Caricature- A Disagreeable Position


1831 John Doyle Hand Colored Lithograph Caricature- A Disagreeable Position

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1831 John Doyle Hand Colored Lithograph Caricature- A Disagreeable Position:
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A Disagreeable Position

Hand Colored folio Lithograph

By John Doyle (HB)

HB Sketches No 519

Publ. T. McLean 1838

Folio (11.5” x 16.”) slightly soiled margins, with good color; prominant stain on bottom margin just touches image frame.

By writing his initials twice-over, John Doyle manipulated the letters to create the pseudonym signature "HB". Born in Catholic Dublin, HB arrived in London in 1821, after the death of James Gillray. Thomas Rowlandson had aged, as well, and with him the era of biting, pointed caricature in London. As HB began his career, he introduced a gentler sort of satire, making soft jokes calculated to avoid strong offence. Rather than exaggerating physical features and pushing the bawdy laugh, Doyle employed reasonable likenesses with circumstantial humor. Even the subtle, sketchy appearance of his lithography marked a change from the loose, brash lines of colored etchings, a medium that had dominated caricature printing for the previous half-century.

From the Data Base of the British Museum: Lord Glenelg stands in the stocks and receives a hail of rubbish. Coloured lithograph by H.B. (John Doyle), 1838. Lord Brougham is about to hurl a rotten egg and Lord Aberdeen is about to fling a dead cat. Lord Melbourne is also in the crowd, with Lord John Russell, Thomas Spring-Rice and the Duke of Wellington. Glenelg had to bear the brunt of Parliamentary censure on the occaision of the revolt in Canada.


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