A Damper. George du Maurier Punch 71 (2 September 1876): 92. Click on image to enlarge it.

Boniface Brasenose (and amiable what aesthetic youth, exhibiting his Art-treasures). “That's–a-a–Mother and Child–a-a–Fifteenth Century —”

Fashionable Lady. “I should have thought it earlier!”

Boniface Brasenose . “May I ask why?”

Fashionable Lady. Oh, I should have thought they could paint better than that, so late as the Fifteenth Century!”

du Maurier, who signs his name on the long horizontal picture in the background, dresses the young æsthete in Oscar Wilde's velvet jacket and breeches, and his room has the usual Arts and Crafts decorations: the screen at right behind the gentleman holding his top hat, the vase with flowers, and the small glass or ceramic objects on the shelf in the corner.

What Artists and Their Families Have to Put Up With

Looking at Works of Art

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Punch. Hathi Trust Digital Library online version of a copy in the University of California Library. Web. 4 May 2020.

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