Hablot Knight Browne, called Phiz

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Hablot Knight Browne, called Phiz
Cholera Mortality Tables
Black and red chalk on paper.
Binding: 7 7/8 x 7 1/4 inches (200 x 184 mm)
Bequest of Gordon N. Ray, 1987.

With an illustrated title-page executed by the artist in black chalk on the verso of the front flyleaf of the volume, reading: Cholera Mortality Tables. A Delightful New Work in 3 vols from the General circulating library; illustrated with a drawing of a skeleton wearing spectacles seated at a table reading a book by candlelight; signed "Phiz" at lower left.


Signed "H.K.B." in graphite on front flyleaf; inscription of former owner in ink on front flyleaf, "Edg. Browne : Riga 1830" (probably H.K. Browne's brother Edgar, who died at Riga on Jan. 5, 1833).

From the library of Gordon N. Ray.

Sketchbook consisting of ca. 60 drawings executed by Browne on a copy of: Beobachtungen und Erfahrungen über die epidemische Cholera / Ludwig Dyrsen. Riga : Frantzen, 1831; including numerous macabre sketches of skeletons and "memento mori" in keeping with the contents of the printed text, decorating the 10 preliminary pages and 83 folding mortality tables comprising Dyrsen's book, along with examples of Browne's usual idealized studies of women, children, dogs, and horses.

Associated names: 

Browne, Edgar, -1833, former owner.
Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-1986, former owner.
Dyrsen, Ludwig, 1797-1835. Beobachtungen und Erfahrungen über die epidemische Cholera.


The illustrator and the book in England from 1790 to 1914 / Gordon N. Ray. New York ; London : Oxford Univ. Pr., 1976, p. 80.