"Nuda Veritas," Illustration to "Punch"

1873
George Du Maurier (English (born in France), 1834–1896)


Dimensions

Block: 11.3 x 12.7 cm (4 7/16 x 5 in.) Sheet: 16.6 x 21 cm (6 9/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

55.1888

Medium or Technique

Wood engraving; India proof

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Punch, Dec. 20, 1873, vol. 65, p. 253; Caption for illustration: “Miss Debonair (urged by all irresistible impulse to ask a plain question): ‘Tell me, Mrs. Verjuice, when you come to see me, why, why do you so persistently sing the praises of Mrs. Whatshernayme?’ / Mrs. Verjuice (urged by an irresistible impulse to answer the plain truth): ‘Well, Mrs. Debonnair, the fact is, I am not fortunate, good-looking, popular, and beloved as you are, and consequently hate you. I cannot tell you in so many words, but I can insinuate by my extravagant praise of Mrs. Whatshernayme (whom by the bye, I hate almost as much as I do you) that I rate very low the gifts which you enjoy, and which I so bitterly envy you. If you but knew how infinitely more your possession of these good things pains me than my implied depreciation of the same can possibly pain you, you would feel for, pity, and forgive me!’”

Inscription

l.r. in block: "dM"; u.r. in graphite pencil: "44"

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