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Holbeeke, Helen

Copy of Geology familiarly illustrated by Catherine Mary Webber.

Sutton Coldfield, Engand, circa [1860?]
Physical Description:
31 drawings on 4 joined sheets : watercolor and pen and black ink ; 14 x 325 cm, accordion folded to 14 x 19 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
QE31 .W43 1859a
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Drawings & Watercolors
Watercolor copy of Catherine Mary Webber's Geology familiarly illustrated (published in 1859 by J.B. Goodinge). The copy faithfully reproduces the form and content of the published original: a semi-continuous series of images depicting geological strata, named, together with humorous visual puns on the geological names. "Oolite formation," for example, depicts a stratum of oolite, underneath a depiction of a woman whose dress has caught fire; "trap" depicts a geological trap, beneath the image of an unlucky hunter with foot ensnared in a leghold trap; "extensive denudation" depicts a stratum of Kentish rag, beneath the image of a man at the barber with denuded head.
The copy makes no reference to the author of the original, Catherine Mary Webber. The verso of the strip is signed in graphite: "Helen Holbeeke, Sutton Coldfield." Beneath this signature is a note in black ink: "I think that my aunt Helen Holbeeke must have drawn these about 1840. I recopied them in 1864/5 very indifferently [?]. Richard Holbeeke, 14.5.99."
Subject Terms:
Caricatures and cartoon -- Great Britain.
Geology -- Popular works.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- Humor.
Wit and humor, Pictorial.
Ink drawings.
Copies (derivative objects)
Puns (Visual works)
Accordion fold format (Binding)
Webber, Catherine Mary, 1831-1900. Geology familiarly illustrated.

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