The Latter-Day Taste

WAG 4665


This work is inscribed with the words: Author: "I've got here some short stories that I am anxious to publish." Publisher: "Let me warn you. May I ask if they're written in an unintelligible Scotch dialect?" Author: "Certainly not." Publisher. "Then I'm afraid they're not of the slightest use to us." This cartoon was published in 'Punch' on 7th December 1895. 'Punch' was a magazine founded in 1841 by writer Henry Mayhew and engraver Ebenezer Landells. The idea came from the French satire newsapaper, 'Le Charivari'. In homage, the first issue of 'Punch' was subtitled, ‘The London Charivari’. 'Punch' was internationally famous for its humour and wit. Its political and social cartoons captured English life in the 19th and 20th centuries. The term ‘cartoon’ previously referred to a preliminary sketch made for murals or stained glass windows. 'Punch' and other illustrated publications adapted the term and introduced the concept of ‘cartoon’ as we know it today.