The Laws of Hereditory Illustrated card

The Laws of Hereditory Illustrated

WAG 4673

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This work is inscribed: Grigson (who has tripped up his friend Professor Grumpson's campstool just as the latter was sitting down on it). "Hi! Don't! It's no good cutting up rough, you know - I inherited a tendency to practical joking, and can't help it - you said so yourself!!!" Grumpson: "Quite so, my dear fellow - you're not to blame a bit! But I've inherited a tendancy to kick practical jokers, and can't help it either." This cartoon was published in 'Punch' on 1st September 1888. '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.