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Seymour's Humorous Sketches Illustrated in Prose and Verse
by Alfred Crowquill

(1866, London, Henry G. Bohn, publisher)

Original 150+-year-old 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 Musical Festival
A Musical Festival
(Molly Scraggs' bountifulness to the Itinerant Minstrels.)

Yes, marm, it's too fat for your stomach I'm sure marm.


The Mill-stream Angler
The Mill-stream Angler
(An elderly Sportsman angling in the eddy of a millstream, his coat tails being nailed fast by the Miller's men.)

This mill makes a plaguey hammering.


Peter Simple's Foreign Adventure
Peter Simple's Foreign Adventure No. 1
(Baboon and Indian Squaw.)

Oh vy was I a Midshipman to be wrecked on the desolate Island. I vish I vos at home at Bloomsbury! Oh that I had but to turn and embrace my kind, good, benevolent, and much respected Grandmother.


Peter Simple's Foreign Adventure
Peter Simple's Foreign Adventure No. 2
(The Squaw's affectionate embrace.)

Here I am married to the only daughter of the great chief who would have roasted me witht the rest of our crew, had I not given a joyfull consent, Oh I wonder if I ever shall get home & be married to Miss Wiggins!!!.


The Student aloft and the Bull watching for him
The Student aloft and the Bull watching for him

He sat like patience on a monument, smiling at grief.


A Rigamarole
A Rigmarole. Part 1.
(A trust without trust, driver's pocket empty.)

Turnpike man: You should have gone home the way you came out, that ticket won't do here so out with your coppers, threepence.

Cockney: I doesn't think I've got any halfpence.

Turnpike man: Well, then I must give you change.

Cockney: But I'm afeard I havn't got any silver left. I say mister, cou'd'nt you trust me. I'd be werry sure to bring it to you.

(same as to left, but uncolored)

A Rigamarole
A Rigmarole. Part 3.
(Sportsman in a Flower-garden.)

Have you seen the hounds this way, my good man Hounds? Dogs I mean, you know what a pack of hunds are, don't you?


A Dustman and his Doxy
A Dustman and his Doxy.
(Short Petticoats.)

Delicacy, my love. Delicacy.

Lawk's Fred, it's not fashionable! besides vot's the good o'having a fore leg if one mustn't show it.


Steaming it to Margate
Steaming it to Margate.
(Old Gentleman very qualmish.)

Steward! Bring me a glass of Brandy as quick as you can


An Intercepted Letter
An Intercepted Letter.
(Dick Slammer on his donkey, and the Starch-up-man on his hunter; a bit of Slang.)

I say, sir d'y think we shall be in time for the hunt?

Oh! you needn't be so shy, I rides my own hanimal.


Nobbs' and Dobbs' Misadventure. Gone.
(Nobbs and Nobbs' son losing their fish, basket, bait-box, &c., in the river.)



Dunghill Sporting
Dunghill Sporting
(Dick Grubb in a scrape, for shooting a drake; gets up a tree.)

Dang it Picher, hod un fast!


A Critic
A Critic.

If it is really a genuine piece of antiquity, it is worth Five Hundred Pounds, but if modern, not more than Five Pence.

[NOTE: this print is not from the same volumes as the others on this page. It is from "Sketches by Seymour" NO. 4, Volume 3. Probably published in the 1830s, it is "tipped" (glued on the top edge) to a black construction paper backing. The size is about 5.25 x 9 inches, not including the black backing paper.]



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