Captain Jinks of the 'Selfish' and His Friends Enjoying  Themselves on the River

Captain Jinks of the 'Selfish' and His Friends Enjoying Themselves on the River by Frederick Walker. from Punch for 21 August 1869. Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham. [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. ]

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).

Source: John George Marks' Life and Letters of Frederick Walker, A. R. A., London and New York: Macmillan, 1896.

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