A new novel about the life of British caricaturist Robert Seymour and the origins of Dickens’s Pickwick Papers. Seymour is best remembered today as the first illustrator of Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers.

Daumier was fully aware of Seymour’s work, as can best be shown by the influence which Seymour’s caricature “France Receiving the Ordinances” published in 1830 had on Daumier’s famous “Dernier Conseil des ex-Ministres” (DR1746), which appeared in 1848 in the Charivari. Daumier also produced some feather lithographs in the style of Seymour in his series “La Chasse”. These prints should be seen as liberal “copies” of hunting scenes, by Robert Seymour.

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