Our Critic among the Pictures

No. 15 (Armitage). William S. Gilbert. Engraving. Fun (1864). Courtesy of the Suzy Covey Comic Book Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Click on image to enlarge it.

“Ahab and Jezebel” (15), by Mr. E. Armitage, is a portrait of a leg from the shop at the corner of Crane-court, Fleet-street, with a diminutive body attached. King Ahab is meditating in the attitude that kings always assume when they meditate, and that superior woman Jezebel is whispering evil counsels into his ear. She is reposing on a beautiful tick mattress and pillow, but where is the pillow-case, Mr. Armitage? Don't say it’s at the wash.

The cartoon is signed with the initials “W.S.G.” at the lower left. This is the Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame who I assume also wrote the savage critical commentaries that appeared in the right column beside the picture and on the following page. (To read more of these commentaries, which parody periodical reviews of the Royal Academy and other exhibitions, click on the other individual items in the list below.) — George P. Landow

Criticism of individual paintings and the artist’s homepage

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“Our Critic among the Pictures.” Fun. (14 May 1864): 83-84.

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