Theodore E. Hook [facsimile signature.]
London, Published Augst. 1839 by J. Mitchell, Royal Library 33, Old Bond St. J. Graf, Printer to Her Majesty.
Lithograph on india paper, india 205 x 165mm. 8 x 6½".
Portrait of Theodore Edward Hook (1788 - 1841), novelist and wit. Noted for his ebullient personality and wayward lifestyle, Hook procured post as accountant-general in Mauritius, 1813, but was later imprisoned for mismanagement of funds. He became editor of the anti-Radical John Bull, 1820, and enjoyed popular success for his novels collected as Sayings and Doings, 1826-29. His last years, in his own words, were spent 'done up in purse, in mind, and in body'. From a series of portraits by Count Alfred Guillaume Gabriel d'Orsay (1801 - 1852), Paris-born artist and gentleman of fashion. His profile sketches of his contemporaries, to the number of 125, include among them nearly all the literary, artistic, and fashionable celebrities of that time.
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