The Famous Portrait. George du Maurier Punch 94 (22 January 1881): 30. Click on image to enlarge it.

Lady Midas. “Now for your opinion, Dear!”

Ernest Raphael Sopely. “Yes—your candid opinion, Mrs. de Tomkyns.”

Oorgius Midas, Junior. “As a friend of doth Parties, you know—hay, Mrs. T. ? ”

Mrs. Ponsonby de Tomkyns (equal, as usual, to the occasion). “Well—as a mere Work of Art, it surpasses anything I have ever seen either by Titian, Rembrandt or Velasqez, and will live forever! But as a likeness of my dearest Lady Midas, it is—you will forgive me for saying so, Mr. Sopely ? "—(the Artist bows)—“A Libel!

[Exeunt all to dinner, in the best of spirits, and just as E. R. Sopely is on the point of offering to paint Mrs. P. de T. for nothing, Sir Gorgius gives him a Commission for two full-length Portraits of that admirable woman, one for her, and one for himself and “’er Ladyship.”

What Artists and Their Families Have to Put Up With

Looking at Works of Art

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