Edmund Joseph Sullivan

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Edmund Joseph Sullivan
1869-1933
London Improvements
1901
Pen and black ink, blue crayon, touched with white, over graphite, on illustration board.
16 1/6 x 10 3/4 inches (408 x 297 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
1986.1586
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Signed and dated at lower left, "Edmund J. Sullivan. 01"; at foot: London Improvements. Hawker. "Move on? why i've been selling chestnuts here for forty years!" Constable. "Very sorry Mister; but you've got to take a back street."

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From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
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Caption continues: Hawker. "Move on? why i've been selling chestnuts here for forty years!" Constable. "Very sorry Mister; but you've got to take a back street."
Original drawing by E.J. Sullivan for a cartoon for an unidentified issue of Fun magazine.

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Drawing shows a London constable confronting a chestnut elderly vendor, who sits huddled in a broken chair with a large tray of chestnuts on his lap; above him is delineated the word "Fun", and behind him stands the Fun jester, tossing out his glove, while his black cat sits on an open book and winks at the viewer.

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