... there is no doubt Doyle’s work is a sort of bridge between the anarchic rudeness of the eighteenth century and the development of ‘good taste’ and ‘gentlemanliness’ in the Victorian ‘age of improvement.’ W. M. Thackeray thought the humour too restrained, an emollient only good enough to raise a smile but rarely a laugh (19); nevertheless, H. B. defined a new direction for graphic satire that was taken up by the cartoonists of Punch, the situational comedy of John Leech and John Tenniel, and in the droll, wistful reflections of his more famous son, “Dicky” Doyle. — Simon Cooke

Biographical Material


Links to Related Material (Doyle's sons)


Conan Doyle, Arthur. Memories and Adventures. 1924; rpt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Engen, Rodney. Richard Doyle. Stroud: The Catalpa Press, 1983.

Everitt, Graham. English Caricaturists. London: Swan Sonneschein, 1893

‘Obituary; John Doyle.’Art Journal 30 (March 1868).

Thackeray, W. M. An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank. London: Hooper. 1840.

Williamson, George. ‘John Doyle.’ Catholic Encyclopaedia.. Online edition.

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