THACKERAY, WILLIAM MAKEPEACE. 1811-1863. Sketchbook, 41 leaves, 38 pp featuring drawings in pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor,
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THACKERAY, WILLIAM MAKEPEACE. 1811-1863.
Sketchbook, 41 leaves, 38 pp featuring drawings in pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor,
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THACKERAY, WILLIAM MAKEPEACE. 1811-1863. Sketchbook, 41 leaves, 38 pp featuring drawings in pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor, THACKERAY, WILLIAM MAKEPEACE. 1811-1863. Sketchbook, 41 leaves, 38 pp featuring drawings in pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor, THACKERAY, WILLIAM MAKEPEACE. 1811-1863. Sketchbook, 41 leaves, 38 pp featuring drawings in pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor,
THACKERAY, WILLIAM MAKEPEACE. 1811-1863.
Sketchbook, 41 leaves, 38 pp featuring drawings in pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor, oblong 8vo, London, 1846, with tissues, half calf over boards, housed in a red morocco slipcase decorated in gilt. WITH: 3 ALS of J.F. Dexter to C.L. Price, (5 pp total) pasted to recto and verso of first 3 leaves, June-August, 1893, regarding the sketchbook's history and a 1 p auction listing of the sketchbook. Mild toning to leaves, binding rubbed, slipcase with minor wear.

The correspondence regarding this sketchbook states that these (mostly comic) sketches by Thackeray were accomplished during one of his visits to France. The most notable drawing depicts, in pen and ink, Charles Dickens in costume as Captain Bobadil in Ben Jonson's play Every Man in His Humor, alongside a canceled study of same; Dickens starred in a benefit production of that play in 1845. Other subjects depicted include: a man admiring himself in a full-length mirror, with (presumably) his tailor, captioned: "Now! That's what I call the Military Cut"; a thug kicking clean through an old man; an overhead view of a group of women in hoop skirts, seated; a comic marching soldier, captioned "England's Pride"; mountains; a dog; a cat; a Scotsman in a kilt; a pair of boots; a German soldier; and various other figures and faces. Thackeray also neatly printed out the alphabet in an unidentified font in the back of the sketchbook.
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