Richard Doyle

Wood engraving by an unknown engraver [probably Joseph Swain]

3 x 2 inches

W. M. Thackeray,The Newcomes, II, 161.

This figure is entirely an invention of the artist's and is used here to make a metaphorical comment on Lady Kew's death - symbolizing the mourners' fake tears by showing crocodile tears being shed. The addition of funerary hat and cloak adds to the droll, and very revealing humour.

Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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