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Original hand-coloured 19th-Century British caricature
stone lithographs by John Doyle (aka 'HB') from "HB Sketches" published by Thomas McLean in the 1830s and 1840s.

John Doyle info
{John Doyle, sketched in chalk by his son Henry Edward Doyle}

John Doyle (born Dublin, 1797, died London, 2 January 1868), known by the pen name HB, was a political cartoonist, caricaturist, painter and lithographer.

He was the eldest son of a Dublin silk mercer, and came from a Catholic family which in the 17th century had been granted extensive estates, possibly in County Offaly or County Laois, and their own coat of arms, but had suffered for their religion and since been dispossessed. In his youth he learned to paint landscapes under Gaspare Gabrielli, and miniature portraits at the Royal Dublin Society 's drawing school under John Comerfield. He won a gold medal in 1905. He was commissioned to paint equestrian portraits of the Marquess of Sligo and Lord Talbot, the Irish viceroy, and in 1822 he produced six prints entitled The Life of a Racehorse. That year he moved to London with his wife, Marianna Conan. His painting Turning out the Stag brought him recognition when it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1825.

Marianna died in 1832, giving birth to their seventh child. Doyle continued to exhibit miniatures until 1835, but by then he was experiencing greater success with his political cartoons, printed using the new reproductive medium of lithography, beginning in 1827. These were issued once a month during parliamentary sessions, and continued for twenty-two years. His caricatures were mostly faithful likenesses of their subjects, with little exaggeration, treated with sarcastic humour, often alluding to popular plays. They were signed with the letters HB, constructed out of two Js and two Ds, Doyle's own initials. By 1840 he was prosperous enough to afford a fashionable house in Hyde Park, moving in the same circles as David Wilkie, Walter Scott, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, Thomas Macaulay, Thomas Moore, and Samuel Rogers— but H.B.'s true identity remained a closely guarded secret until he revealed it in 1843 in a seventeen-page letter to Sir Robert Peel .

In the 1840s, at the height of his popularity, indexes of HB's prints were published in The Times and by the publisher McLean, but his reputation faded. His later prints were gentle in their humour and drawn in a soft, indistinct style. Thackeray said his cartoons, although clever and witty, were too "genteel" to raise more than a gentlemanly smile—"You will never hear any laughing at 'HB' " When he died in 1868, his obituary in the Art Journal did not appear until three months after his death, and a posthumous sale of his sketches at Christies in 1882 was cancelled for lack of buyers. However, he is considered a founder of the school of British cartoon satirists represented by John Leech, John Tenniel, and his son Richard Doyle, which established the style made famous by Punchmagazine. The British Museum has over 900 of his drawings in its collections.

His sons included the illustrator James William Edmund Doyle (1822–1892); the painter, illustrator and cartoonist Richard Doyle (1824–1883); Henry Edward Doyle (1827–1892), who became director of the National Gallery of Ireland; and the painter Charles Altamont Doyle (1832–1893), father of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the novelist and creator of Sherlock Holmes.

[Wikipedia]

A GROUP OF SPORTING CHARACTERS AT EPSOM
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A GROUP OF SPORTING CHARACTERS AT EPSOM
HOW ARE THE ODDS AT THE DERBY?
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
HB Sketches No. 206
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
June 12, 1832
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Light browning around paper's edges and minor foxing in margins. Upper margin trimmed to within neat lines. Original subscriber's McLean embossed blind stamp lower left corner.
Sheet size: approx. 16.5 x 11 inches.
$175
NEW REFORM COACH
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NEW REFORM COACH
Parce puer stimulis et fortiter utere loris
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
HB Sketches No. 207
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
June 21, 1832
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Light browning around paper's edges. Margins trimmed to within neat lines. Character identities (in ink) to right of title [O'Connell, John Bull, Brougham, Wellington]. Original subscriber's McLean embossed blind stamp lower left corner.
Sheet size: approx. 16.5 x 11 inches.
A CABINET COUNCIL
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A CABINET COUNCIL
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 254]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
May 29, 1833
CONDITION: GOOD/VERY GOOD. Trimmed to within margins, paper loss upper left corner; character identifications [in ink] under title. Evidence of prior mounting to backing paper at top of the BACK of the print.
Sheet size: approx. 15.25 x 11 inches.
$85
HOUNDS ON A WRONG SCENT
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HOUNDS ON A WRONG SCENT
or The "Red Herring" Drag Illustrated
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
HB Sketches No. 451
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
Aug. 29th, 1836
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Light browning around paper's edges and scattered light foxing. Character identities (in ink) to left and right of title. Trimmed to within neat lines. Evidence of prior mounting to backing paper at top of the BACK of the print.
Sheet size: approx. 14.5 x 10.75 inches.
$175
A RACE FOR THE WESTMINSTER STAKES
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A RACE FOR THE WESTMINSTER STAKES
Between an old thoro'bred & a Young Cock-tail__Weight for age, The old 'un winning in a canter.
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
HB Sketches No. 485
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
May 22, 1837
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Light browning around paper's edges and scattered light foxing. Trimmed to within neat lines. Evidence of prior mounting to backing paper at top of the BACK of the print.
Sheet size: approx. 14.5 x 10.75 inches.
$175
THE WOLF AND THE LAMB
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THE WOLF AND THE LAMB
A PARODY
on Mr. Mulready's highly popular Picture
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
HB Sketches No. 525
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
7th March 1838
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Light overall age toning. Trimmed to just outside neat lines. Character indentification, in pencil, in margin below title.
Sheet size: approx. 10.75 x 15.5 inches.
COURSING EXTRAORDINARY
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COURSING EXTRAORDINARY
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
HB Sketches No. 542
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
June 14th 1838
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Trimmed to just outside neat lines. Character indentification, in pencil, in margin above title. Short repaired tear left margin extending just into image area. Evidence of prior mounting to backing paper at top of the BACK of the print.
Sheet size: approx. 16.25 x 10.75 inches.
SCENE FROM THE FARCE OF THE INVINCIBLES AS LATELY PERFORMED AT THE QUEEN'S THEATRE
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SCENE FROM THE FARCE OF THE INVINCIBLES AS LATELY PERFORMED AT THE QUEEN'S THEATRE
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
HB Sketches No. 591
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
23rd May 1839
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Trimmed to just outside neat lines. Evidence of prior mounting to backing paper at top of the BACK of the print. Original McLean's subscriber's embossed blind stamp lower left.
Sheet size: approx. 15.5 x 10.75 inches.
$150
A DECIDED FLING; or Rather an ungracious way of sending a man over the Water
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A DECIDED FLING; or Rather an ungracious way of sending a man over the Water. Vide letter of Mr. E. Ellice
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Sketches No. 614]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
17 October 1839
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Trimmed margins. Evidence of prior mounting to backing paper at top of the BACK of the print. Original McLean's subscriber's embossed blind stamp lower left. Some 'splotches' in watercoloured water lower left quadrant.
Sheet size: approx. 14.25 x 11.125 inches.
THE DERBY FAVORITE, A LITTLE AMISS!
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THE DERBY FAVORITE, A LITTLE AMISS!
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Sketches No. 648]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
August 6 1840
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Trimmed margins. Evidence of prior mounting to backing paper at top of the BACK of the print. Original McLean's subscriber's embossed blind stamp lower left.
Sheet size: approx. 13.75 x 11.125 inches.
$150
START FOR THE GREAT WESTMINSTER TRIAL STAKES!
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START FOR THE GREAT WESTMINSTER TRIAL STAKES!
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
HB Sketches No. 671
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
Feb 11 1841
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Trimmed margins. Evidence of prior mounting to backing paper at top of the BACK of the print. Original McLean's subscriber's embossed blind stamp lower left. Light foxing in sky area.
Sheet size: approx. 15.25 x 11 inches.
$150
START FOR THE GREAT WESTMINSTER TRIAL STAKES!
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TAKING THE WATER LIKE A DUCK
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
HB Sketches No. 785
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
Sept 29 1843
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Trimmed margins. Evidence of prior mounting to backing paper at top of the BACK of the print. Original McLean's subscriber's embossed blind stamp lower left. Light foxing.
Sheet size: approx. 13.5 x 10 inches.
$175
START FOR THE GREAT WESTMINSTER TRIAL STAKES!
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BEAR BAITING; OR, OLD ENGLISH PASTIMES REVIVED, Dedicated to Young England
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
HB Sketches No. 806
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
May 1844
CONDITION: VERY GOOD/EXCELLENT. Trimmed margins. Evidence of prior mounting to backing paper at top of the BACK of the print. Original McLean's subscriber's embossed blind stamp lower left.
Sheet size: approx. 10.25 x 14 inches.
$175
SCENE FROM SHAKSPEARE
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SCENE FROM SHAKSPEARE (COMPRESSED!)
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
HB Sketches No. 812
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
August 8th 1844
CONDITION: VERY GOOD/EXCELLENT. Trimmed margins. Evidence of prior mounting to backing paper at top of the BACK of the print. Original McLean's subscriber's embossed blind stamp lower left. Light foxing in margins.
Sheet size: approx. 14 x 10.25 inches.
$150
A GENTEEL VERSION OF THE VULGAR SAYING 'SET A THIEF TO CATCH A THIEF'
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A GENTEEL VERSION OF THE VULGAR SAYING 'SET A THIEF TO CATCH A THIEF'
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Sketches No. 829]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
March 24 1845
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Trimmed margins. Evidence of prior mounting to backing paper at top of the BACK of the print. Original McLean's subscriber's embossed blind stamp lower left. Light foxing.
Sheet size: approx. 13.5 x 10.75 inches.
$150
THE TROUBADOUR; OR, A FLIRTATION BETWEEN THE CHIVALRY OF OXFORD & THE BEAUTY OF YOUNG ENGLAND
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THE TROUBADOUR; OR, A FLIRTATION BETWEEN THE CHIVALRY OF OXFORD & THE BEAUTY OF YOUNG ENGLAND
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
HB Sketches No. 836
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
April 30 1845
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Trimmed margins. Evidence of prior mounting to backing paper at top of the BACK of the print. Original McLean's subscriber's embossed blind stamp lower left. Light foxing.
Sheet size: approx. 10.25 x 13.75 inches.
$150
THE NEW PROTECTION CABINET
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THE NEW PROTECTION CABINET,
which was to have been
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
HB Sketches No. 866
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
June 5 1846
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Trimmed margins. Original McLean's subscriber's embossed blind stamp lower left. Evidence of prior mounting to backing paper at top of the BACK of the print.
Sheet size: approx. 14.75 x 11 inches.
$175
THE FALL OF CAESAR
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THE FALL OF CAESAR
'Not that I loved Caesar less'
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Sketches No. 872]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
July 18 1846
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Trimmed margins. Original McLean's subscriber's embossed blind stamp lower left. Characters identified (in ink) to left of title.
Sheet size: approx. 14.75 x 10.75 inches.
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