Charles Samuel Keene ‘Incorrigible!’ 1883

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Artwork details

Artist
Title
‘Incorrigible!’
Date 1883
Medium Ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 175 x 146 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Phyllis Keene 1976
Reference
T02087
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T02087 ‘INCORRIGIBLE!’ 1883

Inscribed ‘C.K.’ in monogram b.l.
Ink and pencil with white heightening on paper, 6 7/8 × 5 11/16 (17.5 × 14.5)
Presented by Mrs Phyllis Keene 1976
Prov: As for T02082.
Exh: ? Fine Art Society 1891 (222).
Repr: Wood-engraving by Swain, Punch, Vol.85, 1883, p.81.

This is the original drawing for the cartoon ‘Incorrigible!’ which appeared in Punch on 18 August 1883. The caption runs: ‘Irish Attorney (to his Clerk, who has taken the Blue Riband, and has been “celebrating the event”). “I'LL NOT STAND IT, SURR! WID YER PLIDGES! INSTID O' TAKIN' PLIDGES YE'RE ALWAYS BREAKIN', YE'D BETTER MAKE NO PROMISES AT-ALL-AT-ALL—AND KAPE'EM!!”’

As with most of Keene's drawings for Punch after 1872, a photographic negative of T02087 was printed on the surface of the wood-block, which was then engraved by Swain. The original drawing and the final print are therefore in the same direction.

A smaller drawing of the same subject was in the Leicester Galleries Keene exhibition in 1966 (36).

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1976-8: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1979

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