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Parliamentary Views from Punch by Harry Furniss


Parliamentary Views from Punch
by Harry Furniss

London: Bradbury, Agnew, & Co., 8, 9, 10, Bouverie Street, E.C.

undated, but known to be 1885

(A limited edition of only 1000)


Harry Furniss, aged 26

HARRY FURNISS (1854-1925)

At age 26, about the time he started to work for Punch.

source: Wikipedia

Harry Furniss was a highly inventive and energetic cartoonist and illustrator. Though he worked as Parliamentary cartoonist for Punch for fourteen years, he was of independent spirit, and so happier developing his own projects, be it his parodic 'Royal Academy' or the magazine, Lika Joko. His ability to epitomize a person's character by exaggerating mannerism or appearance made him an ideal illustrator for the work of Charles Dickens.

Harry Furniss was born in Wexford, Ireland on 26 March 1854. He was the son of a Derbyshire Civil Engineer and his second wife, the Scottish miniature painter, Isabella Mackenzie. When the family settled in Dublin, in 1864, Furniss was educated at the city's Wesleyan College, and then studied at the schools of the Royal Hibernian Academy.

Furniss always maintained that he was essentially self-taught as an artist, and he appears to have gained many of his skills as a draughtsman from Punch and its Irish version, Zozimus (later Zoz, or the Irish Charivari). He had contributed cartoons to Zozimus from the early age of sixteen and, before his move to London in 1873, worked in Dublin on various illustrative projects.

From 1876, Furniss was employed as a Special Artist for the Illustrated London News, in which capacity he tackled a range of subjects from bohemian life to proceedings in Parliament. As a result of this experience, the political journalist, Sir Henry Lucy, chose Furniss to illustrate his new Parliamentary review for Punch, a periodical that, until then (1880), had rejected Furniss's sketches. He joined the staff in 1884, on a retainer rather than as a full-time member. Like the work of Thomas Rowlandson, which was then enjoying a revival, Furniss's art of political caricature criticised less through an explication of issues than through the depiction of personal quirks, most notably Gladstone's high collars. This was equally true of his 'Royal Academy' (1887), an exhibition – held at the Gainsborough Gallery, New Bond Street – which aimed to entertain by parodying the mannerisms of leading academicians in a series of black and white images. His popularity in the field of caricature led to extensive tours in Britain, America and the colonies first on 'Art and Artists' (with reference to the Royal Academy) and later on 'The Humours of Parliament'.

In breaking with Punch in 1894, over a question of copyright and fees, Furniss had to relinquish his membership of the Commons' Press Gallery, so potentially damaging his career as both artist and lecturer. His solution was to found Lika Joko, his own comic magazine, which merged a year later with the Pall Mall Budget to form the New Budget.

In tandem with his work as a caricaturist, Furniss developed as a book illustrator, collaborating with Lewis Carroll on the two books of Sylvia and Bruno (1889 and 1893), and with G E Farrow on the Wallypug books (1895 and 1905). His distinction as an illustrator was acknowledged by commissions to illustrate complete editions of Dickens (1910) and Thackeray (1911). His own books include Confessions of a Caricaturist (1901), Harry Furniss (1903) and My Bohemian Days (1919). Ever resourceful, he then turned to cinematography, working in New York with Thomas Edison as a writer, producer and actor (1912-14), and returning to London at the outbreak of the First World War to produce a short film entitled Peace and War: Pencillings by Harry Furniss. He spent his last years in Hastings, dying there on 14 January 1925. A memorial exhibition was held at the Fine Art Society in that year.

Of his four children, Dorothy became an artist and a collaborator on some of his later book illustrations.
His work is represented in numerous public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery.

SOURCE: Chris Beetles Gallery

 

Darvill's Rare Prints is pleased to offer the following cartoons from Parliamentary Views from Punch by Harry Furniss
published as a limited edition of only 1000 in the year 1885.


The illustrations (lithographs from pen/ink drawings) are printed on thin Japanese paper, which are "tipped" on a thick, woven paper.
Each illustration is accompanied by the "key" illustration that identifies the figures in the drawing.

Sheet size is approximately 12 inches wide by 9.5 inches high. The illustrations vary in size (see details below).
Some age-related toning and foxing to be expected from these original, 130-year-old prints.
Please click on thumbnail images provided below for an enlarged view and to assess condition of each print.


Wednesday Evening at the Healtheries

Parliamentary Views, No. 15

Wednesday Evening at the Healtheries

(Illustration (lithograph from pen/ink drawing) on Japanese paper, tipped onto thick woven paper)

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.875 x 5.375 inches, measured to red neat line/border

Wednesday Evening at the Healtheries

Parliamentary Views, No. 15

Wednesday Evening at the Healtheries


(Key diagram)

$50


The Ladies' Night, or Petticoat Government

Parliamentary Views, No. 16

The Ladies' Night, or Petticoat Government

(Illustration (lithograph from pen/ink drawing) on Japanese paper, tipped onto thick woven paper)

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.875 x 5.375 inches, measured to red neat line/border

The Ladies' Night, or Petticoat Government

Parliamentary Views, No. 16

The Ladies' Night, or Petticoat Government


(Key diagram)

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Hats Off for the Speaker

Parliamentary Views, No. 17

The Lobby: No. 5
Hats Off for the Speaker

(Illustration (lithograph from pen/ink drawing) on Japanese paper, tipped onto thick woven paper)

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.875 x 5.375 inches, measured to red neat line/border

Hats Off for the Speaker

Parliamentary Views, No. 17

The Lobby: No. 5
Hats Off for the Speaker


(Key diagram)

$50


The Bar of the House

Parliamentary Views, No. 18

The Bar of the House

(Illustration (lithograph from pen/ink drawing) on Japanese paper, tipped onto thick woven paper)

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.875 x 5.375 inches, measured to red neat line/border

The Bar of the House

Parliamentary Views, No. 18

The Bar of the House


(Key diagram)

$50


The Kitchen Committee at Work

Parliamentary Views, No. 19

The Kitchen Committee at Work

(Illustration (lithograph from pen/ink drawing) on Japanese paper, tipped onto thick woven paper)

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.875 x 5.375 inches, measured to red neat line/border

The Kitchen Committee at Work

Parliamentary Views, No. 19

The Kitchen Committee at Work


(Key diagram)

$50


The Upper House, from a very Rough Sketch by Professor Rxxxxs

Parliamentary Views, No. 20

The Upper House,
from a very Rough Sketch by Professor Rxxxxs

(Illustration (lithograph from pen/ink drawing) on Japanese paper, tipped onto thick woven paper)

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.875 x 5.375 inches, measured to red neat line/border

The Upper House, from a very Rough Sketch by Professor Rxxxxs

Parliamentary Views, No. 20

The Upper House,
from a very Rough Sketch by Professor Rxxxxs


(Key diagram)

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Toby's Midsummer's Night Dream

Parliamentary Views, No. 21

Toby's Midsummer's Night Dream

(Illustration (lithograph from pen/ink drawing) on Japanese paper, tipped onto thick woven paper)

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.875 x 5.375 inches, measured to red neat line/border

Toby's Midsummer's Night Dream

Parliamentary Views, No. 21

Toby's Midsummer's Night Dream


(Key diagram)

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The House of Lords 'Up," 5:15 P.M.

Parliamentary Views, No. 22

The House of Lords 'Up,' 5:15 P.M.

(Illustration (lithograph from pen/ink drawing) on Japanese paper, tipped onto thick woven paper)

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.875 x 5.375 inches, measured to red neat line/border

The House of Lords 'Up," 5:15 P.M.

Parliamentary Views, No. 22

The House of Lords 'Up,' 5:15 P.M.


(Key diagram)

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The House left Sitting, 4 AM

Parliamentary Views, No. 23

The House left Sitting — 4 AM

(Illustration (lithograph from pen/ink drawing) on Japanese paper, tipped onto thick woven paper)

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.875 x 5.375 inches, measured to red neat line/border

The House left Sitting, 4 AM

Parliamentary Views, No. 23

The House left Sitting — 4 AM


(Key diagram)

$50


Back Views

Parliamentary Views, No. 24

Back Views

(Illustration (lithograph from pen/ink drawing) on Japanese paper, tipped onto thick woven paper)

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.875 x 5.375 inches, measured to red neat line/border

Back Views

Parliamentary Views, No. 24

Back Views


(Key diagram)

$50


Holiday Time A Sea View

Parliamentary Views, No. 25

Holiday Time — A Sea View

(Illustration (lithograph from pen/ink drawing) on Japanese paper, tipped onto thick woven paper)

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.875 x 5.375 inches, measured to red neat line/border

Holiday Time A Sea View

Parliamentary Views, No. 25

Holiday Time — A Sea View


(Key diagram)

$60


The Meet at St. Stephens

Parliamentary Views, No. 26

The Meet at St. Stephens
October 23, 1884

(Illustration (lithograph from pen/ink drawing) on Japanese paper, tipped onto thick woven paper)

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.875 x 5.375 inches, measured to red neat line/border

The Meet at St. Stephens

Parliamentary Views, No. 26

The Meet at St. Stephens
October 23, 1884


(Key diagram)

$60


One of the Hereditary Legislators takes his Seat

Parliamentary Views, No. 27

One of the Hereditary Legislators takes his Seat

(Illustration (lithograph from pen/ink drawing) on Japanese paper, tipped onto thick woven paper)

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.875 x 5.375 inches, measured to red neat line/border

One of the Hereditary Legislators takes his Seat

Parliamentary Views, No. 27

One of the Hereditary Legislators takes his Seat


(Key diagram)

$60


The Distinguished Strangers' Gallery

Parliamentary Views, No. 28

The Distinguished Strangers' Gallery

(Illustration (lithograph from pen/ink drawing) on Japanese paper, tipped onto thick woven paper)

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.75 x 5.5 inches, measured to red neat line/border

The Distinguished Strangers' Gallery

Parliamentary Views, No. 28

The Distinguished Strangers' Gallery


(Key diagram)

$75

 

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