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"Author's Miseries; Old Gentleman: 'I am sorry to see you occupied dear Miss Wiggetts, with that trivial paper "Punch." A railway is not a place in my opinion for jokes. I never joke - never.' Miss W: 'So I should think, Sir.' Old Gentleman: 'And...

William Makepeace Thackeray (English, 1811–1863), Cut by Joseph Swain (English, 1820–1909)

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Medium or Technique

Wood engraving; India proof

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



…besides are you aware who are the conductors of this paper, and that they are chartists, priests, atheists, anarchists and socialists to a man. I have it from the best authority that they meet together once a week at a tavern in St. Giles’ where they concoct their infamous print. The chief part of their income is derived from threatening letters which they send to the Nobility and Gentry. The principal writer is a reformed convict. Two have been tried at the old Bailey! and their artist- as for their artist-’ Guard: ‘Swin-dun! Swindun!’ [Exuent two authors] The authors are Thackeray and Douglas Jerrold.” Illustration to “Punch”


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