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Seymour's Humorous Sketches Illustrated in Prose and Verse
by Alfred Crowquill (Alfred Henry Forrester)

(1866, London, Henry G. Bohn, publisher)
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Original engravings
by Henry Wallis, after sketches by Robert Seymour
Sheet size: approx. 5 7/8 x 9 3/4 inches
(scattered foxing on some plates, please see enlargements)

Robert Seymour, a graphic humourist of the highest order, was born in or near London, about the year 1800. He was apprenticed at the usual age to Mr. Thomas Vaughan, an eminent pattern-drawer in Spitalfields, and his practice in that department of art appears to have given him the facility and accuracy of pencil for which he was afterwards so distinguished. Within a very short period of fulfilling his term of apprenticeship, he commenced, on his own account, as a painter in oils, and must have been tolerably expert at that early age, as already in the spring of 1822, we find him exhibiting a picture of some pretensions at the Royal Academy.

Source: Biographical Notice from Seymour's Humorous Sketches by publisher Henry G. Bohn.

A Day's Sport
A Day's Sport, Chapter 1
(Travellers on a Coach-box; Cockney's gun pointed at Old Gentleman's face.)

Loaded or not loaded, it's very unpleasant to ride with that gun of yours looking into one's ear so.

$15

A Day's Sport
A Day's Sport, Chapter 2
(Cockney shooting a pig in mistake for a hare.)

Vot, eighteen shillings for that ere little pig? Vy, I could buy it in Town for seven any day!

$15

A Day's Sport
A Day's Sport, Chapter 3
(Cockney trespasser climbing a fence.)

A man coming, vich vay?
do tell me vich vay?


$15

A Day's Sport
A Day's Sport, Chapter 5
(Cockneys with a brace of sparrows.)

Landlord, ve should like to have this 'ere game dressed.

$15

A Day's Sport
A Day's Sport, Chapter 6
(The Reckoning.)

Vel! if this is finding our own whittles, ve'll dine at the Hornary next time.

$15

A Day's Sport
A Day's Sport, Chapter 7
(A sudden explosion of gun in companion's face.)

My Gun went off quite by haccident; and if your nose is spoilt, can't you have a wax one?
Vax one indeed! who wouldn't rather have his own nose than all the vax n the world.


$15

Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 1
(Angler asleep, overtaken by the tide.)

Walked twenty miles over night - up before peep o'day again: got a capital place - fell fast a sleep - tide rose up to my knees - my has was changed, my pockets pick't, and a fish run away with my hook - dreamt of being on a polar expedition and having my toes frozen.

$25

Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 2
(Urchins shooting a cage bird; old woman screaming.)

A Lark. Early in the morning.

$15

Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 5
(Home-made Clothes; a loose fit.)

How does it fit behind? Oh beautiful, I've done wonders, we'll never trouble the tailors again, I promise them.

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Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 7
(Boat upset, fat lady tumbling into the stream.)

Help! Help! Oh you murderous little villin, this is vot you calls rowing is it? but if ever I gets safe on land again I'll make you repent it you rascal. I'll row you, that I vill.

$20

In for it or Trying the Middle
Every Day Scenes, Scene 8
(Angling from a rotten branch, which breaks.)

In for it
or
Trying the Middle


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Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 11
(Angling in a well.)

Mother says fishes comes from hard roes, so I chuck'd in the roe of a red herring last week but I doesn't catch any fish yet.

$20

Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 15
(A drunken Couple.)

Vy, Sarah, you'r drunk! I'm quite asham'd o'you. Vell, vot's the odds, as long as you'r happy?

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Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 17
(A Sporting Dandy missing a flight of sparrows.)

I'm dem'd if I can ever hit 'em.

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Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 18
(Literary Coalheaver and Butcher is a Coffee House.)

Have you read the Leader in this paper, Mr. Brisket?
No, I never touch a newspaper, they are all so werry wenal and woid of sentiment.


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Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 19
(A Cockney Sportsman in a fix, by his civility to a foot-pad.)

Now you've lent us your gun, you may as vell lend us your votch.

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Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 20
(Courtship of Mr. Wiggins, in a rural bower.)

Mr. Viggins, do you take sugar?|
Yes, my haingel, I loves all wot's sweet.


$15

Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 21
(Courtship of Mr. Wiggins—continued.)

Indeed, Mr. Viggins, I von't valk with you, your quite elevated.

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Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 22
(The Itinerant Musician.)

There's three-pence for you, and Master wishes you'd move on.
Threepence indeed! I never moves on under sixpence:—d'ye think I doesn't know the walley o'peace and quietness?


$15

Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 23
(Cockney Sportsman startled at a common snake.)

Oh! lor, here's a horrid thing.

$15

Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 24
(Anglers trespassing; "Beware of the Dog" posted up.)

Well Bill, d'ye get any bites over there?
No, but I'm afeard I shall soon have one.


$15

Every Day Scenes
Every Day Scenes, Scene 25
(Timmins Angling. Cut-purse surprises him.)

This is a werry lonely spot, sir I wonder you arn't afeard of being rob'd.

$15

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