Doyle’s bacchanalian frieze from the 1849 version of the front cover. Presented as a mock-classical frieze, the relief is typical of the artist’s humour, combining anachronism and incongruity (the angel playing a tuba), with lively diminutive figures; Pan appears on the right hand side, while Priapus, a leering Mr Punch, takes centre stage, holding his member/flag pole [Detail]. Wood engraving, cut by Swain; 2¼ x 7 inches. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

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Punch. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1849.

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