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A Contrast SINCE OUR PICTURE OF THE FAIR LADY AT THE FURNITURE SALE, PUBLISHED THREE WEEKS AGO, A GREAT CHANGE HAS TAKEN PLACE FOR THE BETTER. AUCTION ROOMS, WHERE MIRRORS ARE SOLD, ARE NOW EXCLUSIVELY HAUNTED BY FAIR LADIES (LED THERE POSSIBLY BY SOME VAGUE HOPE OF MEETING MR PUNCH AND BEING IMMORTALISED BY HIS DISCREET AND NOT UNFLATTERING PENCIL). ON THE OTHER HAND, THOSE LESS ORNAMENTAL BEINGS, WHO HAVE HITHERTO BEEN THE PRINCIPAL FREQUENTERS OF SUCH PLACES, HAVE ALTOGETHER VANISHED FROM THE SCENE – WITH THE EXCEPTION, HOWEVER, OF ONE, WHOSE MANNERS, OBLIGING, YET UNOBTRUSIVE, AND POLITE, WITHOUT OBSEQUIOSNESS, LEAD ONE TO THE CONVICTION THAT HE CANNOT BE WHAT HE SEEMS, AND THAT HIS APPARENT CALLING AND UNMISTAKEABLY SEMITIC ASPECT ARE PART AND PARCEL OF SOME CUNNINGLY ASSUMED DISGUISE.

George Du Maurier (1834-1896)


Price
SOLD

Signed
Signed with initials
Signed, inscribed with title and dated '8 Nov 1873'

Medium
Pen and ink

Dimensions
7 ½ x 11 ¾ inches

Illustrated
Punch, 29 November 1873, Page 216

Exhibited
'Japan-British Exhibition', 1910, No 440; 'Ruskin's Artists', Chris Beetles Gallery, 12 February-2 March 2019

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