Hablot Knight Browne, called Phiz

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Hablot Knight Browne, called Phiz
1815-1882
Frenzy of Hero
1864?
Pen and brown ink and wash over graphite, touched with china white, on paper mounted on card.
8 5/16 x 7 1/8 inches (213 x 181 mm); on backing: 8 7/8 x 7 9/16 inches (229 x 192 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.
1986.2458
Inscription: 

On verso in pen: Plate 8 [illegible] plate 7 page 42; in pencil: Frenzy of Hero.

Provenance: 
From the library of Gordon N. Ray.
Bibliography: 

Ray, Gordon N. The illustrator and the book in England from 1790-1914. New York : Oxford University Press, 1976, p. 79.

Notes: 

Drawing for an illustration to George Halse's comic poem Sir Guy de Guy (London : Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1864), p. 44 (facing).
Signed "Phiz" at lower left.
Title from item; the finished wood engraved illustration actually appeared with the printed caption "Delirium of Hero".

Summary: 

Drawing shows the poem's titular hero standing in a garden in the foreground, surrounded by toppled and broken flower pots, with a drawn dagger in his hand as he shakes his fist in a rage at the backs of a retreating young couple at left; the central design is surrounded by a series of marginal sketches showing Sir Guy in various attitudes of anger and despair, with a sketch at head of an erupting volcano.

Associated names: 

Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-1986, former owner.

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