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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.


A SCENE IN WESTMINSTER CIRCUS

The House of Commons, from a Design by a Japanese Artist

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

Sheet size: 12 x 9.5 inches
Illustration: 7.25 x 7.25 inches, measured to red neat line/border

A SCENE IN WESTMINSTER CIRCUS

The House of Commons, from a Design by a Japanese Artist


(Key diagram)

$75


The Egyptian Question

Parliamentary Views, No. 1

The Egyptian Question

(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 Egyptian Question

Parliamentary Views, No. 1

The Egyptian Question


(Key diagram)

$65


The Speaker's Farewell

Parliamentary Views, No. 2

The Speaker's Farewell
Suggested by H. Vernet's Historical Painting

(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 Speaker's Farewell

Parliamentary Views, No. 2

The Speaker's Farewell
Suggested by H. Vernet's Historical Painting


(Key diagram)

$60


Question Time the Ass-ryian Edition

Parliamentary Views, No. 3

Question Time — Ass-ryian Edition

(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

Question Time the Ass-ryian Edition

Parliamentary Views, No. 3

Question Time — Ass-ryian Edition


(Key diagram)

$50


The House in Utopia

Parliamentary Views, No. 4

The House in Utopia

(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 in Utopia

Parliamentary Views, No. 4

The House in Utopia


(Key diagram)

$50


The Dining Room

Parliamentary Views, No. 5

"Supply." — The Dining Room

(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 Dining Room key

Parliamentary Views, No. 5

"Supply." — The Dining Room

 


(Key diagram)

$50


Effect of the Franchise Bill

Parliamentary Views, No. 6

Effect of the Franchise Bill
Drawn by a Voter of the Future

(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

Effect of the Franchise Bill

Parliamentary Views, No. 6

Effect of the Franchise Bill
Drawn by a Voter of the Future

 


(Key diagram)

$50


Killing Time in the Lords

Parliamentary Views, No. 7

Killing Time in the Lords

(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

Killing Time in the Lords

Parliamentary Views, No. 7

Killing Time in the Lords

 


(Key diagram)

$50


Our Legislators in the Tea Room

Parliamentary Views, No. 8

Our Legislators in the Tea Room

(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

Our Legislators in the Tea Room

Parliamentary Views, No. 8

Our Legislators in the Tea Room

 


(Key diagram)

$50


The Smoking Room of the House

Parliamentary Views, No. 9

The Smoking Room 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 Smoking Room of the House

Parliamentary Views, No. 9

The Smoking Room of the House

 


(Key diagram)

$50


The Lobby — No. 1

Parliamentary Views, No. 10

The Lobby — No. 1

(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 Lobby — No. 1

Parliamentary Views, No. 10

The Lobby — No. 1

 


(Key diagram)

$50


The Lobby — No. 1

Parliamentary Views, No. 11

The Lobby — No. 2

(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 Lobby — No. 1

Parliamentary Views, No. 11

The Lobby — No. 2

 


(Key diagram)

$50


The Lobby — No. 1

Parliamentary Views, No. 12

The Lobby — No. 3
Members In Strangers Out

(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 Lobby — No. 1

Parliamentary Views, No. 12

The Lobby — No. 3
Members In Strangers Out

 


(Key diagram)

$50


Five Minutes for Refreshments

Parliamentary Views, No. 13

The Lobby — No. 4
Five Minutes for Refreshments

(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

Five Minutes for Refreshments

Parliamentary Views, No. 13

The Lobby — No. 4
Five Minutes for Refreshments

 


(Key diagram)

$50


The Division Lobby on Derby Day

Parliamentary Views, No. 14

The Division Lobby: on Derby Day

(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 Division Lobby: on Derby Day

Parliamentary Views, No. 14

The Division Lobby: on Derby Day

 


(Key diagram)

$50

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