Lot 96: 5 19th Century English RR Speculation Punch Illustrations
Antique & Collectible Books-Art-Paper Civil War, Antique Reference, Outsider & Harper's Weekly Art, etc
December 1, 2016
Edgewater, FL, USA
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Description: (5) Antique 19th Century British Railway Speculation Woodblock Illustrations. All are suitable for framing. They are from the British publication "Punch." Punch, or The London Charivari was a British weekly magazine of humor & satire, established in 1841. Historically, it was most influential in the 1840s and 1850s, when it helped to coin the term "cartoon" in its modern sense as a humorous illustration. Illustration 1), Punch: January 1, 1845, is Titled: "The Railway Juggernaut Of 1845." It portrays Railway-mad investors falling down in front of the juggernaut of railway speculation. The images measures approximately 7 inches high X 9 3/4 inches wide plus borders. Illustration 2), Punch: November 22, 1845, is Titled: "The railway Speculator "At Home." It satirizes Thackerayâs satiric character "Jeames" and the railway speculation sweeping England in the mid-1840s. The images measures approximately 7 inches high X 9 3/4 inches wide plus borders. Illustration 3), Punch: November 29, 1845, is Titled: "The March Of Speculation." It satirizes a period of expansion and speculation in the railway industry in Great Britain. Many people were opposed to the expansion of the railway network. Many investors and speculators gained or lost fortunes. Many families were displaced by the railway construction and lost their homes and land. The images measures approximately 9 1/2 inches high X 7 inches wide plus borders. Illustration 4), Punch: December 22, 1845, is Titled: "Waiting For "The Railway Times." It satirizes a gentleman speculator or investor and a rough navvy (navigator - construction worker) waiting to make money on the back of the expansion of the British railway network. This was a period of expansion and speculation in the railway industry in Great Britain. The images measures approximately 7 inches high X 9 3/4 inches wide plus borders. Illustration 5), Punch: November 29, 1845, is Titled: "The Momentous Question." It satirizes Queen Victoria asking Prince Albert whether he owns any railway shares. The images measures approximately 9 1/2 inches high X 7 inches wide plus borders. One edge of each illustration shows removal marks; other edges show light wear, which will be covered by the mat when framed. Overall all 5 illustrations are in Very Good Condition. ALL ITEMS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED, NOT DEFECTIVE, & GENUINE. PLEASE NOTE: We do all our own shipping. We will combine shipping on multiple items, where possible to save the wining bidder on shipping costs. Shipping will be added to winning bidder's invoice for item(s) won. Media Mail postage from USPS will be used for shipping in the United States for those items allowed. Lowest alternative cost shipping will be billed for items not allowed by USPS to be shipped by Media Mail. Foreign winning bidders will pay postage based on their countries small/medium/large Flat Rate box postage rates & weight of the package. Other types of postage are available at added expense at the bidders request. You also agree to pay any applicable taxes and/or customs/import duties. A Tracking Number will be provided to buyer. Insurance is mandatory on packages over $100 USD and will be added to postage charges when applicable.
Condition Report: Very Good Condition