Punch. 20 December 1879, p. 282.George du Maurier.
Commentary by George P. Landow
In this and Du Maurier's other satirical depictions of the Aesthetes, he drew upon first-hand knowledge, since the illustrator was a long-time friend of the pioneering aesthetic designer and architect, Thomas Jeckyll (1827-1881), and a member of the "'Paris Gang,' as they called themselves, a group of young artists who trained in France in the late 1850s, including Thomas Armstrong, Whistler, Edward J. Poynter, and Jeckyll's future client Alexander 'Alecco' Ionides" (Soros and Arbuthnott, 30). Jeckyll, from whom Du Maurier often borrowed money, is perhaps best known as creator of the famous Peacock Room to which Whistler later added his efforts.
Soros, Susan Weber, and Catherine Arbuthnott. Thomas Jeckyll Architect and Designer, 1827-1881. New Haven and London: Published for the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture by Yale UP, 2003.
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