Seymour's Humorous Sketches Illustrated in Prose and Verse
by Alfred Crowquill (Alfred Henry Forrester)
1878, London, George Routledge and Sons, printers
Original hand-coloured (albeit poorly) engravings by Henry Wallis, after sketches by Robert Seymour
Sheet size: approximately 5 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches
(scattered foxing on some plates, please see enlargements)
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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.