Pictorial frontispiece

J J in Dreamland

Richard Doyle

Steel plate engraving by an unknown engraver

8¼ x 5¼ inches

W. M. Thackeray,The Newcomes, I, frontispiece.

This fanciful figure on the volume’s fromtispiece is widely believed to be a self-portrait of Doyle, on whom the character J.J. Ridley was supposedly based. The swirling fairies and elves appear in this manner, as a sort of imaginative projection, appears on several occasions in Doyle's art.

  • Photograph of Doyle by J. Watkins
  • Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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