So English, You Know!

So English, You Know! From English Society. Sketched by George du Maurier. Click on image to enlarge it.

The Miss Browns (of “a good” Bayswater family) playing “Buffalo Gals,” with variations, on two American banjoes and an American parlor-grand.

This is one of the first social commentaries of which I know that is directed at American influence upon English popular culture. Since du Maurier tends to mock all sides, it's difficult to know if the American influence or the English adoption of it without recalling its source, is the main target.

du Maurier Cartoons Featuring Music & Musical Instruments

Scanned image and text by George P. Landow [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]


English Society. Sketched by George du Maurier. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1897.

Created 1 July 2001

Last modified 1 May 2020