George du Maurier Cartoons

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Punch cartoons by George du Maurier. Not only one of Punch magazine's greatest cartoonists (as well as novelist of 'Trilby') but a social commentator of the middle classes and high 'Society'. He was a visionary with his cartoon 'inventions', some of which are only now becoming real (the flat panel tv, 'bottled' music, video conferencing, live steaming) and his work is truly a treasure trove of detailed Victorian fashions and drawing rooms, tastes, ettiquette and foibles; showing perhaps better than any photo could, what it was like living in the Victorian era at the height of the British Empire. His cartoons about the Aesthetes, Beautymania and the New Woman are particularly good at revealing the pretensions and tensions of the 19th century.
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