J J in Dreamland
Steel plate engraving by an unknown engraver
8¼ x 5¼ inches
W. M. Thackeray,The Newcomes, I, frontispiece.
This fanciful figure on the volume’s fromtispiece is widely believed to be a self-portrait of Doyle, on whom the character J.J. Ridley was supposedly based. The swirling fairies and elves appear in this manner, as a sort of imaginative projection, appears on several occasions in Doyle's art.
Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.
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