Fairburn's New Characters.
Wood engraving in contemporary hand colour, sheet 440 x 340mm. 17¼ x 13¼". Split horizontal crease through centre; tatty and chipped extremities. The sheet laid to conservation backing.
26 vignette caricatures, as playing cards, arranged in six columns/four rows, each titled above and captioned below with a riddle in the form of a question. Each one is lettered in the upper right corner, a key below answers each question. Some characters are concoctions, others a re real people, such as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at the centre of the top row. A rare piece of popular printing.
[Ref: 15281] £240.00