HB, Quizzing the Political Sketches at Mason's. Oct.r 4 1839.HB.__The Wolf and the Lamb!! [...]
Rare lithograph, sheet 285 x 145mm (11¼x 5¾"). Trimmed to image.
Self-portrait of John Doyle (1797-1868), cartoonist and painter who went by the pseudonym 'H.B.', studying political satires in the window of W.H. Mason's 'Repository of Arts'. Ironically, while he struggles to identify one of the politicians caricatured, all of the prints are by H.B. himself. Doyle began making political prints in 1827 and over a period of 22 years usually issued one a month during parliamentary seasons. While his prosperity enabled Doyle to move to a fashionable address overlooking Hyde Park which drew him into a circle of prestigious writers and artists including Wordsworth, Dickens and Coleridge, Doyle preserved his anonymity as 'H.B.' until 1843, when he revealed himself to Sir Robert Peel in a seventeen page letter justifying his motives and principles as a cartoonist.
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