"Difficulties of Art," Illustration to "Punch"

1874
George Du Maurier (English (born in France), 1834–1896)


Dimensions

Block: 12 x 10 cm (4 3/4 x 3 15/16 in.) Sheet: 25.2 x 22.5 cm (9 15/16 x 8 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

55.1886

Medium or Technique

Wood engraving; India proof

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Punch, April 25, 1874, vol. 66, p. 172; caption to illustration: “Difficulties of Art. Fair Artist (to her model): ‘I want an easy, graceful and refined attitude Mr. Scruff–a galliant young prince, you know, asking a high-born damsel (whom he secretly loves) to be his partner in a gay Saraband. Try to realize the situation, Mr. Sruff.’ [Mr. Scruff does try to realize the situation]”

Inscription

lower center in block: "DuMaurier"

Signed

signed

Provenance

Harold Hartley, England (1851-1943): to Sir Harold Hartley, London, England (1878-1972); from whom purchased by MFA April 14,1955.

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund