Touching Him Up

Touching Him Up. Engraving. Fun (1 May 1876): 188. Courtesy of the Suzy Covey Comic Book Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. Click on image to enlarge it.

Waggles: — “My dear fellow, what is the use of continually grumbling about the want of knowledge we possess in the combination of light and shade, when I can tell you at once where to find real chiaro-scuro?”

MacStickles: — “Hoch, mon — oh, where?”

Waggles: — “Why, in the dictionary, of course.”

MacStickles — a stickler for proper technique — is a Scotsman who complains about contemporary art and is mocked on that account, but in the end which one of the speakers is the target of the joke?

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