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Envy & Deformity. Timothy Bobbin caricature (John Collier) c1810

Envy & Deformity. Timothy Bobbin caricature (John Collier) c1810

by John Collier (Timothy Bobbin)

Envy and Deformity.. coveting a jug of ale.. Caricature by John Collier (Timothy Bobbin), published c1810.

Rare original hand-coloured copperplate engraving by John Collier, for a series of caricatures entitled The Passions, Humorously Delineated, published in London in 1810 by Bond Street print publisher, Edward Orme (1775-1848). 

British satirist John Collier (1708-1786), using the pseudonym Timothy Bobbin, developed his trade as a painter, producing inn signs, painted panels, and popular grotesque caricatures. His caricatures were distributed widely - even to the American colonies via a Liverpool merchant. Collier promoted and distributed his own work, travelling all over northern England collecting and delivering orders and commissions for books and pictures - and consuming the proceeds as he travelled. Collier's Human Passions Delineated (in which he described himself as the 'Lancashire Hogarth) was published in 1773 and acted as a catalogue. 

Edward Orme republished Collier's caricatures in London in 1810 as Human Passions. The Victorian antiquary W.E. Axon thought Collier's caricatures were "execrable... gross and cruel", while the Dictionary of National Biography declared them "grotesque" and "absolutely devoid of artistic merit". As with all satirical works, they were meant to be entertaining and have always been quite sought after.

There is a foxing spot at lower left, and slight age soiling around edges. Page size is 210 x 267mm (8.1/4 x 10.1/2 inches). To the intaglio impression (plate mark) measures 163 x 213mm (6.3/8 x 8.3/8 inches).

Stock Number: apTB17Price: $160.00