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Onwhyn, Thomas, 1811?-1886, artist.
[J.S. & Co. caricatures of cartes de visite].
London : J.S. & Co., [1860s?]
Physical Description:
47+ cards : etchings ; each approximately 9 x 6 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
TR680 .C37 1860b Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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A series of etched pictorial cards, published by J.S. & Co., London, parodying the craze for carte de visite photographs, presumably in the 1860s. About half are signed with the monogram T.O., i.e. Thomas Onwhyn; it's unclear if the unsigned may also be by Onwhyn. The measurements echo those of cartes de visite photographs. Captions occupy a horizontal band along the bottom, just above 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. A number relate to Christmas or New Year's celebrations.
Similar cards were published by Rock & Co. (London) and by an unidentified publisher (or publishers). See links herewith.
Description based on an incomplete set of 16 cards at the Yale Center for British Art.
BAC: British Art Center copy incomplete: comprises 16 cards.
No. 23. Saturday night -- No. 26. My old woman's carte de visite / T.O. -- No. 27. My old man's carte de visite / T.O. -- No. 29. Going with the stream -- No. 30. A strong tide against us -- No. 31. Lady Audley's secret -- No. 33. A trio / T.O. -- No. 34. International dog show, beauty and the beast / T.O. -- No. 35. The smallest donations, thankfully received / T.O. -- No. 38. The mistletoe -- No. 39. Christmas -- No. 41. Here's wishing you Merry Christmas -- No. 44. A heavy fall -- No. 45. Grandpa's arrival -- No. 46. A dream of Christmas / T.O. -- No. 47 Leaving the Christmas party / T.O.
Subject Terms:
Carte de visite photographs -- Great Britain.
Photography -- Great Britain.
Portrait photography -- Great Britain.
Lithographic engravings -- 1860-1870.
Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
J.S. & Co., publisher.
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