A very great bear

Harrison Weir

1853

Wood engraving by R. E. Mason.

6¼ x 5 inches

Illustration for The Adventures of a Bear, facing p.43.

An anthropomorphic image, with the very great bear promenading among the respectable middle-classes, making ‘so imposing a figure in his new dress’ that he inevitably assumes an ‘air of pomposity’ (p.43). Amusing for children, Weir’s designs and Elwes’s words also make a sharp satirical point about false deference and snobbishness.

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