Inscribed in pen and brown ink at lower left: "Du Maurier"; "He flung the proffered potter down. N made a / hideous lawyer [?] / And [...] a preaching with a frown - He was a / fierce haranguer / The Great Copack Epic ' p. 130".
1 of 3 illustrations.
The present sketch is one of three drawings by Du Maurier that are associated with an unknown and probably unpublished text, "The Great Copack Epic." Du Maurier produced numerous satirical drawings that often commented on the Victorian social milieu of his day. Rendered with pictorial elegance, over a thousand images by him were produced for Punch, where he worked as a staff social cartoonist from 1860. All of the drawings in the Morgan's collection for "The Great Copack Epic" have beautifully penned legends by the artist that comment on the acute preoccupation Victorian England had with Eastern Europe.
McCrindle, Joseph F., former owner.