Frederic W. Pailthorpe

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Frederic W. Pailthorpe
1838-1914
The Strange Gentleman
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Watercolor with pen and gray ink, on paper.
3 15/16 x 2 15/16 inches (100 x 74 mm); on sheet: 9 x 5 1/2 inches (229 x 140 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
1986.1908
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Signature in ink at foot of design: F.W. Pailthorpe.

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From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
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Original watercolor drawing for a frontispiece illustration for Charles Dickens' comic burletta, "The Strange Gentleman"; evidently drawn and etched by the artist following the publication in 1871 of a facsimile edition of the 1837 edition by Chapman and Hall, with the etched frontispiece by Pailthorpe sold separately and therefore not present in all copies of this publication.

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Drawing shows Tom (?) seizing the Strange Gentleman by the coattails, as the latter struggles and brandishes his cane.

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