Lot 36

DOYLE, John (1797-1868; pseudonym “H.B.”). An album of c. 130 lithographed caricature prints. London: Thomas McLean, [1830s]. Oblong 2°. The prints, mounted one, two or, on one occasion, three to a page, average landscape size 349 x 264mm and portrait size 320 x 220mm, the great majority coloured by hand (occasional tears, one torn with loss). FINELY BOUND in contemporary red straight-grained morocco gilt, gilt edges (rubbed). Provenance: VANE LONDONDERRY (armorial bookplate). The Irish artist John Doyle is chiefly remembered for his occasionally scabrous satirical political prints. They were issued once a month from 1827 during parliamentary sessions and ran for over twenty-two years. The majority of the prints in this album relate to The Reform Bill. “As the founder of ‘the modern school of graphic satirists represented by Richard Doyle, John Leech and John Tenniel’ Doyle prepared the way for Punch. The name of ‘caricature’ disappeared, and the modern word ‘cartoon’ assumed its place” (DNB). Also included in the lot is an original pen-and-ink wash drawing, signed and dated “H. H. Burnell, Dec. 1842”, and titled, “Sketch of New Drawing Room for The Most Noble Marquis of Londonderry. Holderness House. "Who can possibly resist these wonderful lampooning political cartoons of John Doyle? I am sad to let this one go" (H.B.).

Estimate: £700-£1,000

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