Lot 355 of 478:
Caricatures by Walter R. Sculthorpe  

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Estimate:
$3,000 - $5,000

Title:
Caricatures by W.R. Sculthorpe, 1867

Author:
Sculthorpe, Walter R.

Place:
[London]

Publisher:

Date:
1860s

Description:

61 (of once 66) original watercolor drawings, many colored. Mounted to card stock, captioned beneath. Formerly bound in an album, now loose and the binding no longer present. Overall 29x22.5 cm (11½x9").

Little can be found about this talented English caricaturist though he seems to have been primarily employed as a clerk in the Twopenny Post and at some point president of the London District Office. The Letters of Charles Dickens cites a letter from Dickens to Sculthorpe in 1859. The scenes humorously depict various aspects of English life and society in the latter half of the 19th century though, according to a note by the artist, some are redrawings of earlier works dating as early as the 1830s. The five illustrations now lacking were sold in a 1998 auction at Christie's and are perhaps still somewhere in the trade. A wonderful collection. Holograph presentation from the artist and several photos mounted on blank leaves.


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Disbound, some wear at edges; illustrations overall very good.


 
Item number:
285683
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