I'm dem'd if I can ever hit 'em (1836)


I’m dem’d if I can ever hit ‘em.

This is an illustration from a book called Sketches by Seymour which contained 90 plates by Robert Seymour published in 1836 or thereabouts.  It underneath it says Engravings by H. Wallis from sketches by Seymour.

The book had a mundane text (author unknown), full of is full of conundrums and puns that were popular in the early 1800's,

In 1836 the publishers Chapman and Hall approached Charles Dickens and suggested he write short stories to accompany illustrations by Seymour. Dickens argued that the project should be text led and this resulted in The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (“The Pickwick Papers”).  Seymour illustrated the first two monthly instalments and then committed suicide.

This would be the perfect gift for someone who likes to go shooting but never hits anything!

This old engraving is hand-coloured – it is in good condition and is in a modern frame. 

Print size approx 7½ x 5 inches, frame size approx 12 x 9¼ inches

The price is negotiable .. just go and knock on the Manager's Office door.

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