The Photographer’s Studio by William Ralston. 4 x 7¼ inches. Wood-engraving by an unidentified engraver. Tippoo: a Tale of a Tiger, p.12..[Click on image to enlarge it.]

A piece of affectionate self-mockery in which Ralston offers a comic reflection on his life-long employment as a photographer. Tippoo’s endlessly disruptive behaviour extends to the studio, knocking over a faux-classical pillar as he ‘stalks’ the photographer. Urban rooftops complete the incongruous humour generated by the contrast between the exotic and the mundane, the tiger and the place of business.

Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke. [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.]

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Cole, C.W., and William Ralston. Tippoo: a Tale of a Tiger. London: George Routledge, 1886.

Created 10 October 2016