[Samuel Bowring] Tydus-pooh-pooh - Our Man of Genius.Translator of The Poetry of the Sandwich Islands.
Lithograph. Sheet 185 x 120mm (7¼ x 4¾"). Trimmed and laid on album paper.
Satire portrait of Sir John Bowing published in volume 4 of 'Fraser's Magazine'. As well as being the 4th governor of Hong Kong, he is regarded as being one the world's greatest hyperpolyglots: he claimed he knew 200 languages and could speak 100. He published works on the poetry of Russia, Poland, Spain, Serbia, Hungary, as well as descriptions of Batavia, Siam and the Philippines. Here he is satirised as the Hawaiian Tydus-pooh-pooh, who is described in the text (on-line) as 'the undisputed monarch of Owyheian literature', but depicted with his compatriots snoozing behind.
Houghton: Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals 1824-1900, p.468.
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