London: Read & Co., [n.d., ca. 1850-1860]. First edition. A lively book that combines caricatures with comic rhyming verse. For example, the panel for Henry VII reads: Henry the Eighth, a man of might, was never in a fix,/And we believe he loved a wife, for didn’t he have six!/His will was law, as M.P.’s knew, so did whate’er he said/All vowed he was no mortal king until they found him dead!" Panorama format with thirty-six hand-colored lithograph caricatures of English monarchs by Alfred Crowquill. Cloth a bit darkened. Some cracking to hinges. Minor toning and foxing. A very good copy of an uncommon item that is particularly scarce in this condition. Original cloth with elaborate pictorial cloth onlay printed in blue and red. 6 in. x 5 in. Item #17063
Alfred Henry Forrester (1804 – 1872), who wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym of Alfred Crowquill, was a comic artist, children’s book author and illustrator, sculptor, and set designer for stage plays. He began his career as a collaborator of George Cruikshank, then went on to establish himself as a comic illustrator with publications like A Trump, a Court Card (1828) and The Great Humming Top (1829), which satirized the British aristocracy. He illustrated publications by Henry Cockton, Cuthbert Bede, and Richard Doyle, and collaborated with illustrators like John Leech and H.K. Browne. As a sculptor, he made a statuette of the Duke of Wellington in 1851, which he gifted to Queen Victoria. Though he was more popular than critically acclaimed, four of his pen-and-ink illustrations were exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1845 and 1846, and his drawings were shown at “English Humorists in Art,” an important exhibition at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in June 1889.
Abbey, Life in England #577.