Groan Indeed!

Groan Indeed!. Signed Henley left bottom. Text beneath caption: It’s all very well to talk about ‘old and attached domestics’ but Frederick Fitzpkin Jones, of B.N.C., Oxford, found it rather awkward to have his old nurse recognise him, and exclaim, ‘La! Master Freddy, now how you be grown.’ — especially as Miss Laura Binks could not repress a smile!” Henley, artist; Dalziel, engraver. Fun 5 (6 July 1867): 174. Source: Hathi Digital Library Trust web version of a copy in the University of Minnesota library. Click on image to enlarge it.

A placard advertising Fun, which announces that it is edited by Tom Hood, sits in the right corner of the picture near Miss Binks. The embarrassed young man, a student at Brasenose College, Oxford, experiences a relatively new aspect of Victorian life: the kind of public space of the railway platform or omnibus im which one is exposed to all kinds of encounters. —  George P. Landow

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