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Heathorn, Thomas Bridges, 1831-1911

The griffinage of the Hon. Newman Strange : an Indian story in twenty-one episodes, each with a chorus "as used in ye oldenne times to carrie on ye plotte," identify the subject, and elaborate each successive incident / by T.B.H., R.A. ; photographed from the original drawings by J. Hogarth, Jun.

London : J. Hogarth, 5 Haymarket, Dec. 20, 1862.
Physical Description:
[24] leaves, XXI leaves of plates : illustrations ; 29 x 38 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio B 2019 4a
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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View catalog record for the original drawings reproduced in The griffinage of the Hon. Newman Strange (1862)
The drawings reproduced in the present publication are also in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art (Department of Rare Books & Manuscripts, Folio B 2019 4). See link herewith.
Gernsheim, H. Incunabula of British photographic literature, no. 168
The satirical story is illustrated with albumen prints of the original drawings by Thomas Bridges Heathorn. A "griffin" was a cadet newly arrived in British India, and the griffin of the present story is in the "Thunderers," i.e. the artillery. The story is told largely through pictures and concerns Newman Strange's voyage to India, his adventures on station, his wooing of the "station belle," an episode with the "Sirdar of Jum Jum," and his involvement in the Indian Rebellion of 1857. In the end he marries his "belle," the daughter of "Sir Mango Chutnee Curry Bhat," in a church in the mountains. Each illustration includes an elaborate frame, combining decorative or emblematic elements with vignette scenes of daily life in the Raj. On the title-page (or frontispiece) the letters of "The Griffinage" are made up by "a corps of Indian Jugglers" and snake-charmers. Other vignettes/borders feature a horse being unloaded from a boat, a boar hunt, military formations, men riding elephants, a line of servants bearing dishes for a feast, and camel skeletons in the desert. Drawings of Indian figures demonstrate ethnic stereotypes.
Subject Terms:
British -- India -- Fiction.
East India Company -- Fiction.
Great Britain. Army. Royal Regiment of Artillery -- Fiction.
India -- Description and travel -- Fiction.
India -- History -- Sepoy Rebellion, 1857-1858 -- Fiction.
Albumen prints.
Ethnic stereotypes.
Hogarth, Joseph (Photographer), photographer.

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