An Infelicitious Speech

An Infelicitious Speech. From English Society. Sketched by George du Maurier. Click on image to enlarge it.

“Why, you’re looking better already, Sir Ronald!”

“Yes, thanks to your delightful hospitality, I’ve had everything my doctor ordered me: ‘Fresh air, good food, agreeable society, and cheerful conversation that involves no strain on the intellect!’”

Like many of his other cartoons, this one carefully documents contemporary fashionable clothing for men and women. Note the invalid’s late Victorian version of leisure suit, the enormous sleeves on the three women, and the long ribbons falling behind the woman’s bonnet.

Other du Maurier Cartoons about Unlucky Speeches, Ill-Considered Utterances, and Things One Could Wish to Have Expressed Otherwise

Scanned image and text by George P. Landow [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the person who scanned the image and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]


English Society. Sketched by George du Maurier. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1897.

Created 1 July 2001

Last modified 28 April 2020