Every day Sophie Dupre presents two items from her large stock of signed photographs, autograph letters, autographs for sale, royal memoralbilia and antiquarian manuscripts.
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On this day in 1820 John Tenniel, England, cartoonist/illustrator was born. He was the principal political cartoonist for Punch magazine for more than 50 years, and he was the artist who illustrated Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.
CARROLL (Lewis, Charles Dodgson, 1832-1898, Author of ‘Alice in Wonderland’)
Fine long Autograph Letter Signed to Butler, the father of his young friend Olive Butler explaining “an (apparent) liberty which I propose to take this week, in sending Olive a copy of ‘Sylvie and Bruno Concluded’. Without some explanation it might look like a sort of ‘feeler’ towards renewing negotations as to being allowed to try to establish a friendship with her. So let me assure you that I have no such idea, and that I still abide loyally by the decision to which you and Mrs Butler have come ...” he continues that it would be “a great pity, for no better reason than that you and I hold different views as to the expediency of friendships between old gentlemen and young ladies, to leave my gift incomplete ...” and he hopes that Olive will be allowed to accept Volume II, he ends with his wishes for Christmas, 3 sides 8vo., The Chestnuts, Guildford, 25th December 1893
TENNIEL (Sir John, 1820-1914, Caricaturist & Illustrator of ‘Alice in Wonderland’)
Original Political Cartoon, in pencil, signed with his monogram ‘JT’, of the Angel of Peace confronting Napoleon III in civilian dress, who attempts to disarm her by raising his hat to her, she points to the numbers of soldiers listed on a sheet in her hand, ‘L’Armée Françoise 800,000’ and ‘Garde Nationale 400,000’, in the background French troops are marching past with fixed bayonets, 8” x 6¼” in margins 10½” x 7½” on stiff paper, lightly held in a folding window mount 14½” x 12¼”, no place, no date, but 1868
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