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Affiliating an Aesthete PILCOX, A PROMISING YOUNG PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMIST, HAS MODELLED FROM MEMORY AN HEROIC GROUP, IN WHICH MRS CIMABUE BROWN IS REPRESENTED AS THE MUSE OF THIS CENTURY, CROWNING POSTLETHWAITE AND MAUDLE AS THE TWIN GODS OF ITS POETRY AND ART. POSTLETHWAITE: 'NO LOFTIAH THEME HAS EVAH EMPLOYED THE SCULPTAH'S CHISEL!' MAUDLE: 'DISTINCTLY SO! ONLY WORK ON IN THIS REVERENT SPIRIT, MR PILCOX, AND YOU WILL ACHIEVE THE TRULY GREAT!' MRS CIMABUE BROWN: 'NAY! YOU HAVE ACHIEVED IT! OH, MY YOUNG FRIEND, DO YOU NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE, A HEAVEN BORN GENIUS?' POOR PILCOX: 'I DO!' (GIVES UP HIS PESTLE AND MORTAR, AND BECOMES A HOPELESS NINCOMPOOP FOR LIFE.)

George Du Maurier (1834-1896)


Price
£3,750

Signed
Signed
Inscribed with title and dated 'June 19 80' below mount

Medium
Pen and ink

Dimensions
5 ¾ x 8 ¾ inches

Illustrated
Punch, 19 June 1880, Page 287; Society Pictures Drawn by George Du Maurier, Selected From 'Punch', London: Bradbury Agnew & Co, Vol II, Page 231

Exhibited
Fine Art Society, 1884, No 144; 'The Long Nineteenth Century: Treasures and Pleasures', Chris Beetles Gallery, March-April 2014, No 122; 'Ruskin's Artists', Chris Beetles Gallery, 12 February-2 March 2019

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