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ID number:  BIRBI-52.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Du Maurier, George (1834-1896)
Title / Object name:  The Triumph of Realism
Object type:  Drawing
Culture:  British
Date made:  1879
Materials:  Pen, brown ink and pencil on card
Measurements:  254 x 358 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Elkin Matthews Ltd, September 1952, for £14

Blenkinsop gazes at a bust of himself by a fashionable sculptor. The busts in the background depict, from left, Thomas Reynolds Lamont (1826-98), Thomas Armstrong (1835-1911), and Du Maurier himself. Drawn for a cartoon in Punch, 17 May, 1879, p.226.

Du Maurier was a cartoonist for Punch from 1860 until his death, in which time he satirized the ways of the beau monde in London. As here, his drawings often relate to artistic matters.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed l.c.: du Maurier Caption below image: Triumph of Realism. Blenkinsop (gazing at a bust of himself); "It's not so much as a work of art that I value it, Brown! but the likeness is so wonderful you know!"

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