|Our Young Folks’ Weekly Budget|
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Splendid Misery; or, East End and West End, By C. H. Hazlewood from Every Week, No. 287, Vol.12, Wed. Dec. 30, 1874.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Below is an explanation of the wood-block printing process from “The Pictorial Press its Origin and Progress” by Mason Jackson, London: Hurst and Blackett, 1885. This is not the entire chapter only the section dealing with the actual process. Some artists like Sir John Gilbert, R. A., drew directly on the block with no preliminaries.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
“Your conduct has been blackguardly,” he shouted, “if you were not such a little man I would kick you. As it is I will merely pull your ear.” McNeil did grab his ear and twist it and shake it. Furniss managed to wrestle free as a crowd gathered and went off immediately to complain to the sergeant-at-arms.
He was born at Wexford, Ireland, on March 26, 1854, settled in London and contributed to Punch, The Illustrated London News, The Graphic, Black and White, The Magazine of Art, and The Strand. Furniss illustrated books as well including the works of Dickens and Thackeray. Harry Furniss, well-known black and white artist of Punch, died at his Hastings residence at mid-day January 14, 1925, leaving three sons, a daughter and a widow.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
“In 1864 he was in the General Manager’s office at Derby, pleasingly varying his clerical duties by drawing caricatures for the amusement of his fellow clerks, and designing cartoons for the local satirical journal, the “Derby Ram,” which appeared spasmodically and devoted itself principally to electioneering purposes. One of his colleagues was Henry Lemon, Mark’s son, who showed his father some of his friend’s sketches. On the occasion of a subsequent visit paid by Mr. Atkinson to town, Mark Lemon invited him to dine at the Garrick Club (whither they drove in a hansom, much in the style shown in the sketch), and Shirley Brooks drank to him as “the future cartoonist of Punch.” His first cut -- an initial T -- appeared on page 15, Vol. XLVIII.”
Quote from The History of Punch, by M. H. (Marion Harry) Spielman, London: Cassell, 1895. Spielman (1858-1948) was the editor of The Magazine of Art (1878-1904) where he published numerous articles on caricature by himself and others.
Baxter first attracted notice in 1879 when he established the weekly comic periodical Comus (afterwards altered to Momus,) published in Manchester. He specialized in comic portraits and drew a series of nearly life-sized heads called “Studies from Dickens” for that paper. When Momus failed in 1883 he moved to London where with a friend and brother artist he designed political and humorous Christmas cards. Baxter began contributing to Judy; or, the London Serio-Comic Journal, under Charles Henry Ross, but really came to prominence on Ally Sloper’s Half-Holiday published by Gilbert Dalziel. Baxter breathed new life into CHR’s creation Ally Sloper with his large, masterly full-page cover illustrations and double-page interior spreads. Later he seceded from that journal and in conjunction with C. H. Ross, creator of Sloper, he started Choodle, which had a short life due to a breakdown in the artist’s health.
Like Ross he was an amateur actor. He died at age 32 on 2 June 1888 of ‘rapid consumption.’ In August 1888 Gilbert Dalziel issued from 99 Shoe-lane “Fifty Sloper Cartoons,” for a shilling, as a souvenir of the late artist. In June 1889 Baxter’s work was exhibited at the Royal Institute, Picadilly “Works of English Humourists.” The show had only a few works by Hogarth but devoted an entire gallery to the work of Thomas Rowlandson. Also featured were works by Cruikshank, Leech, Phiz, Seymour, Furniss, Tenniel, Sambourne, Keane, Fred Barnard, Charles Green, and Du Maurier. At the same time Cassell’s put on a black and white exhibition of magazine illustrators at the Memorial Hall on Farrington-street.
Monday, September 21, 2009
“There are at present more than 450 different comic book magazines published with a circulation of 15,000,000 books a week, sixty percent of which are purchased by adults, and forty per cent by children. Half of the books published deal with crime, murder, detailed descriptions of all kinds of tortures, felonies, sadisms, attempted rape, and every imaginable kind of violence. By picturing good parents in an unwholesome manner and law and order something to be sneered at, some of these books appear to be an insidious attempt to undermine the American family.”
A letter was sent to 400 city officials, school principals, presidents of men and women’s youth organizations, social agencies, PTA presidents and operators of newsstands in drug stores, bus stations, grocery stores and railroad terminals with an approved list of comics considered acceptable to young minds.
Below are two approved reading lists. The first was from 1949 and the second, much longer list was from 1951.