He’s Bringing his Boy up by Hand

He’s Bringing his Boy up by Hand

Alfred Crowquill

Wood engraving, probably by the Dalziels

2 x 1½ inches

Merry Pictures by the Comic Hands of H.K. Browne, etc, 20.

This is a tiny vignette encapsulating Crowquill’s fascination with punning and word-play. Figured as a visual conceit, the quality of the drawing is relatively unimportant; all that matters is communicating the joke in a direct and unambiguous way.

Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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