Punch for 21 August 1869. An avid fisherman as well as a painter of nature scenes, Walker (who has placed himself in caricature left rear, struggling to prevent his canvas from falling into the agitated waters) shows the compleat angler, Sir Isaac Walton, about to be drenched by the wake of a steam yacht loaded with careless university students (identifiable by their jackets and Panama hats), oblivious to the effect their voyage is having on wildfowl, fishermen, and other boaters. Leslie in Our River gives an account of the circumstances that led to Walker's cartoon: "Walker spent three or four weeks with me at Mrs. Copeland's; we usually punted down each day to Monkey Island, where there was the great attraction to him of two or three trout to be seen" (cited in Marks, 182).by Frederick Walker. from
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Marks, John George . Life and Letters of Frederick Walker, A. R. A.. London and New York: Macmillan, 1896.
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