comic is not exactly a novel in pictures - it's something else. But
the presence of pictures is not a new thing in printed narrative : William
Caxton included woodcuts in the first books he printed in English, and
some of the greatest novels in the language were conceived from the
beginning as being accompanied by pictures. Vanity Fair is incomplete
without Thackeray's own illustrations, which often extend and comment
on the implications of the text(...). "
ironic that this reference made to Vanity Fair in an (excellent)
recent article about Spiegelman's Maus will probably sound
far-fetched to many readers.
(An image from the Weimar Sketchbook, 1830, reproduced without its caption in PETTY C., Thackeray's Universe, Faber and Faber, 1987)
Thackeray, then but nineteen years of age, had, without the permission
or knowledge of his pastor and masters, undertaken a trip to Paris
during his vacation in the summer of 1830, and had overcome his first
scruples about this escapade, he extended his journey to Weimar, and
remained there the entire winter, captivated by the pleasant and stimulating
G. H. LEWES. The Life and works of Goethe : with sketches of his age and contemporaries, from published and unpublished sources.
(Images from the Weimar Sketchbook, 1830, reproduced without their captions in PETTY C., Thackeray's Universe, Faber and Faber, 1987)
I don't have a copy of these stories (I can only show these separate
drawings reproduced without captions in Thackeray's Universe).
They are in a Library in New York, and if anyone is interested in helping
me get a copy of this work, please write to me in private.
|The Picture Magazine also printed another series of drawings illustrating comic verses, under the title of Simple Melodies, also from 1832 (if this date is correct for the preceding story) :|
I had my first inkling that Thackeray might have been influenced by Töpffer while browsing into a collection of drawings published under the title of The Orphan of Pimlico in 1876. The story which gives the name to this haphazard collection of sketches (in facsimile engravings) was drawn in 1851. It is five pages long, not counting the moral prologue(page 1) and the title page(page2) which were drawn later. I also skipped the first page of the story (page 3).
sequence of caricatures was published by Harvard Univerity
Press in 1945, as an offprint from Volume One of The Letters
and Private Papers of William Makepeace Thackeray.
"The Count's" Adventures, an offprint from Volume One of The Letters and Private Papers of William Makepeace Thackeray, Harvard Univerity Press, 1945, from the Introduction.
to Sir John Crowe who witnessed the making of this sketchbook when a
kid, Thackeray gave one of his friends, an eccentric Scottish artist
named John Grant Brine, the nickname of "The Count", "and
made a legend out of his travels which he was brought, in the most amusing
way, to illustrate in our house. Being a constant visitor of ours he
had a seat always ready for him on Saturdays at our table, would come
into the drawing-room an hour before dinner and hardly have time to
sit down when we children surrounded him and begged for a drawing For
my sisters he drew a coalheaver running open mouthed after a little
girl ; for us all he did something and the he bethought him of the adventures
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