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Original 19th-Century British caricature stone lithographs
by John Doyle (aka 'HB') from "HB Sketches" published by Thomas McLean in the 1830s and 1840s.

john doyle
{John Doyle, sketched in chalk by his son Henry Edward Doyle}

John Doyle (born Dublin, 1797, died London, 2 January 1868), known by the pen name HB, was a political cartoonist, caricaturist, painter and lithographer.

He was the eldest son of a Dublin silk mercer, and came from a Catholic family which in the 17th century had been granted extensive estates, possibly in County Offaly or County Laois, and their own coat of arms, but had suffered for their religion and since been dispossessed. In his youth he learned to paint landscapes under Gaspare Gabrielli, and miniature portraits at the Royal Dublin Society 's drawing school under John Comerfield. He won a gold medal in 1905. He was commissioned to paint equestrian portraits of the Marquess of Sligo and Lord Talbot, the Irish viceroy, and in 1822 he produced six prints entitled The Life of a Racehorse. That year he moved to London with his wife, Marianna Conan. His painting Turning out the Stag brought him recognition when it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1825.

Marianna died in 1832, giving birth to their seventh child. Doyle continued to exhibit miniatures until 1835, but by then he was experiencing greater success with his political cartoons, printed using the new reproductive medium of lithography, beginning in 1827. These were issued once a month during parliamentary sessions, and continued for twenty-two years. His caricatures were mostly faithful likenesses of their subjects, with little exaggeration, treated with sarcastic humour, often alluding to popular plays. They were signed with the letters HB, constructed out of two Js and two Ds, Doyle's own initials. By 1840 he was prosperous enough to afford a fashionable house in Hyde Park, moving in the same circles as David Wilkie, Walter Scott, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, Thomas Macaulay, Thomas Moore, and Samuel Rogers— but H.B.'s true identity remained a closely guarded secret until he revealed it in 1843 in a seventeen-page letter to Sir Robert Peel .

In the 1840s, at the height of his popularity, indexes of HB's prints were published in The Times and by the publisher McLean, but his reputation faded. His later prints were gentle in their humour and drawn in a soft, indistinct style. Thackeray said his cartoons, although clever and witty, were too "genteel" to raise more than a gentlemanly smile—"You will never hear any laughing at 'HB' " When he died in 1868, his obituary in the Art Journal did not appear until three months after his death, and a posthumous sale of his sketches at Christies in 1882 was cancelled for lack of buyers. However, he is considered a founder of the school of British cartoon satirists represented by John Leech, John Tenniel, and his son Richard Doyle, which established the style made famous by Punchmagazine. The British Museum has over 900 of his drawings in its collections.

His sons included the illustrator James William Edmund Doyle (1822–1892); the painter, illustrator and cartoonist Richard Doyle (1824–1883); Henry Edward Doyle (1827–1892), who became director of the National Gallery of Ireland; and the painter Charles Altamont Doyle (1832–1893), father of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the novelist and creator of Sherlock Holmes.

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THE OLD WHITE LION
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THE OLD WHITE LION
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 3]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[June 1829]
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Light browning around paper's edges and minor foxing. Characters identified (in ink) in lower margin outside of neat lines. Outer neat lines trimmed. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 15 x 11 inches.
THE MYSTERIOUS VISIT
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THE MYSTERIOUS VISIT
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 9]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[June 1829]
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Light browning around paper's edges and minor foxing. Characters identified (in ink) in lower margin outside of neat lines. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 16.5 x 11 inches.
$35
A JOINDER IN THE PLEAS
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A JOINDER IN THE PLEAS
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 12]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[June 1829]
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Light browning around paper's edges and minor foxing. Characters identified (in ink) in lower margin outside of neat lines. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 13.75 x 11 inches.
$35
A SMALL TEA PARTY OF SUPERANNUATED POLITICIANS
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A SMALL TEA PARTY OF SUPERANNUATED POLITICIANS
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 17]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[August 13, 1829]
CONDITION: FAIR. Light browning around paper's edges and minor foxing; odd vertical strip through image, apparently from lithographic process (paper got buckled during press?). Characters identified (in ink) in lower margin outside of neat lines. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 13 x 11 inches.
$20
THE AFFIDAVIT
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THE AFFIDAVIT
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 22]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[ca. August, 1829]
CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Light browning around paper's edges. Characters identified (in ink) in lower margin outside of neat lines. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 13 x 11 inches.
$35
A LEGAL POINT, or 'Cedant arma logae'
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A LEGAL POINT, or 'Cedant arma logae'
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 32]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[ca. August, 1829]
FAIR. Light browning around paper's edges and minor foxing. LARGE DAMP STAIN LOWER RIGHT. Characters identified (in ink) in lower margin outside of neat lines. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 11.875 x 10.675 inches.
CONSOLATION, or 'Otium cum dignitate'
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CONSOLATION, or 'Otium cum dignitate'
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 33]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[Oct 7, 1829]
VERY GOOD. minor foxing in lower margin. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 13.25 x 11.5 inches.
$35
LE MORT
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LE MORT
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 40]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[Aug 11, 1829]
FAIR/GOOD: Print is adhered at top edge to a black backing paper; light foxing; characters names in pencil lower margin. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 14.75 x 10.5 inches.
WRITING THE K____'S SPEECH
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WRITING THE K____'S SPEECH
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 43]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[Feb 1, 1830]
GOOD/VERY GOOD: light foxing; characters names in pen lower margin. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 13 x 11.25 inches.
$35
NEW POLICE ACTIVITY
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NEW POLICE ACTIVITY
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 45]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[Feb 9, 1830]
GOOD/VERY GOOD: foxing; character(s) names in pen lower margin; short tear upper left margin extending past outer neat line. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 13 x 11.25 inches.
MAKE WAY FOR THE SPEAKER
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MAKE WAY FOR THE SPEAKER
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 46]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[Feb 11, 1830]
VERY GOOD: light foxing. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 15.25 x 10.75 inches.
$35
A WILD ELEPHANT LED BETWEEN TWO TAME ONES
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A WILD ELEPHANT LED BETWEEN TWO TAME ONES
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 47]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[Feb 16, 1830]
GOOD/VERY GOOD: some foxing; character(s) name in ink at bottom. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 10.25 x 15.25 inches.
$35
A PAIR OF VERY RIOTOUS FELLOWS alias RADICALS of the NEW SCHOOL...
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A PAIR OF VERY RIOTOUS FELLOWS alias RADICALS of the NEW SCHOOL...
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 56]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[March? 1830]
GOOD/VERY GOOD: mild foxing; character(s) name in ink at bottom. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 12.675 x 11.25 inches.
$35
A HINT TO DUELLISTS...
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A HINT TO DUELLISTS...
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 61]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[April 13 1830]
GOOD/VERY GOOD: mild foxing; small damp stain lower left; character(s) name in ink at bottom. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 15.675 x 11.25 inches.
$35
DANGEROUS EFFECTS OF IDLENESS
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DANGEROUS EFFECTS OF IDLENESS...
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 62]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[April 19 1830]
GOOD: foxing; character(s) name in ink at bottom. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 12.5 x 11.125 inches.
$35
A ROYAL COMMISSION
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A ROYAL COMMISSION
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 73]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[JULY 20 1830]
FAIR: foxing; short tear lower margin; character(s) name in ink at bottom. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 13.25 x 11 inches.
$20
AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE
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AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 76]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[JULY 29 1830]
FAIR/GOOD: foxing; character(s) name in ink at bottom. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 11.375 x 10.675 inches.
$25
THE NOODLE BAZAAR
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THE NOODLE BAZAAR
Artist: HB [John Doyle] AND 'Q'
[HB Political Sketches No. ?
(NOT IN BM SATIRES]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[SEPT 9 1830]
FAIR/GOOD: paper overall age-tone; light foxing; marginal short tear; character(s) name in ink at bottom. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 15.25 x 11.25 inches.
$35
EVIDENTLY NOT CONTENT
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EVIDENTLY NOT CONTENT
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 97]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[DEC 7 1830]
GOOD: light foxing; character(s) name in ink at bottom. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 12 x 11 inches.
$35
THE LORD CHANCELLOR.WOT IS TO BE...
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THE LORD CHANCELLOR. 
WOT IS TO BE...
Artist: HB [John Doyle]
[HB Political Sketches No. 98]
Published by Thos. McLean
26 Haymarket
[DEC 12 1830]
FAIR/GOOD: foxing; character(s) name in ink at bottom. Please see enlargement to assess condition.
Sheet size: approx. 13.25 x 11.125 inches.
$35