Glossing it over
Fun 28 (11 September 1878): 107.
Country Frame-maker (to Artist): — “Ah, Mrs. Brown, next door to you, has got some good pictures; leastways, they’ve got a very nice gloss on them.”
Like many cartoons, here and in Punch, this one relies upon a misunderstanding of art and artist. Of course, there is plenty of condescension to the rural worker. After all, how likely is it that a framemaker who also sells artist’s supplies (see the palettes hanging at upper left) would be so ignorant of the art he frames?
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