Our Critic among the Pictures

Our Critic among the Pictures

William S. Gilbert


Fun (14 May 1864): 83

The cartoon is signed with the initials “W.S.G.” at the lower left. This is the Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame who I assume also wrote the savage critical commentaries that appeared in the right column beside the picture. (To read these commentaries, which parody periodical reviews of the Royal Academy and other exhibitions, click on the individual items in the list below.)

Courtesy of the Suzy Covey Comic Book Collection in the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.

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Criticism of individual paintings

  • No. 480 (Roberts)
  • No. 509 (Poynter)
  • Nos. 30 & 92 (Jensen)
  • No. 15 (Armitage)
  • No. 424 (Elmore)
  • No. 593 (Whistler)
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