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Onwhyn, Thomas, 1811?-1886, artist.

[Rock & Co. caricatures of cartes de visite].

London : Rock and Company, [1860s?]
Physical Description:
187+ cards : etchings ; each approximately 9 x 6 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
TR680 .C37 1860a Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Related Content:
View catalog record for J.S. & Co. caricatures of cartes de visite
View catalog record Caricatures of cartes de visite issued by an unidentified publisher
Description based on an incomplete set of cards at the Yale Center for British Art. These include 24 cards bearing the imprint of Rock and Company, and three lacking imprint but similar in style.
BAC: British Art Center copy incomplete: comprises 27 cards.
A series of etched pictorial cards, published by Rock and Company, London, parodying the craze for carte de visite photographs, presumably in the 1860s. The measurements echo those of cartes de visite photographs. Captions occupy a horizontal band along the bottom, just above (on most cards) the imprint at lower left, and a sequential number at lower right.
The cards are clearly intended as humorous spoofs, some ridiculing the social mores of the time, the pomposity, stiffness, and poses of cartes de visite. Some include anthropomorphized animals.
Similar cards were published by J.S. and Company (London) and by an unidentified publisher (or publishers). See links herewith. Many of the cards published J.S. and Company bear the monogram of Thomas Onwhyn, the principal comic artist for Rock and Company It is likely that Onwhyn was responsible for all of the Rock and Company cards as well.
Subject Terms:
Carte de visite photographs -- Great Britain.
Photography -- Great Britain.
Portrait photography -- Great Britain.
Lithographic engravings -- 1860-1870.
Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
Rock Brothers & Payne, publisher.

  • No. 6. Not the only puppy who has had his carte de visite taken
  • No. 12. My intended
  • No. 24. "Many a fellah ith a fool, a'a' and he don't know it."
  • No. 38. A penny for your thoughts
  • No. 39. Wanted an ornament for my fireplace
  • No. 40. A pair of merry old soles
  • No. 42. Old Mr. Turtle's carte de visite
  • No. 45. When shall we three meet again?
  • No. 56. Young wiseman
  • No. 57. Young gawky
  • No. 59. Ready for church
  • No. 69. I do love you so
  • No. 74. Ready for church
  • No. 76. Isn't mine a pretty little figure
  • No. 87. Don't be quiet
  • No. 91. This is not my coat
  • No. 110. Tired of single life
  • No. 112. Domestic bliss
  • No. 113. Sweet music
  • No. 118. Jacky and Johnny very much alike especially Johnny
  • No. 138. Is he following?
  • No. 139. Married with under £300 a year
  • No. 160. Married at last
  • No. 187 Carte de visite of a tempting bachelor
  • [Lacking imprints and numbering, but possibly also issued by Rock and Company] Once round the corner
  • Oh, you dear one!
  • Miss Sharp.

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