Social Lions

Social Lions by Richard Doyle. 2½ x 3 inches. Wood-engraving by an unidentified engraver [probably Joseph Swain]. W. M. Thackeray,The Newcomes, I, 71.[Click on image to enlarge it.]

This 'small cut' inserted as a tailpiece at the end of Chapter VII. The cartoon visualizes the idea of 'lionizing' — moving in elite social groups — by taking the expression entirely literally. This is a motif derived from Grandville and George Cruikshank. VG logo

Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke. [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.]


Thackeray, W.M. The Newcomes, 2 Vols. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1854-55.

Created 1 April 2017