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efforts of the late Mr. Charles Bennett, to which, nevertheless, it

is greatly superior in execution.  To this clever artist's invention

everything seems to present itself with a train of fantastic

accessory so whimsically inexhaustible that it almost overpowers one

with its prodigality.  Each fresh examination of his designs

discloses something overlooked or unexpected.  Let the reader study

for a moment the famous "Birds of a Feather" of 1875, or that

ingenious skit of 1877 upon the rival Grosvenor Gallery and Academy,

in which the late President of the latter is shown as the proudest

of peacocks, the eyes of whose tail are portraits of Royal

Academicians, and whose body-feathers are paint brushes and

shillings of admission.  Mr. Sambourne is excellent, too, at

adaptations of popular pictures,--witness the more than happy

parodies of Herrman's "A Bout d'Arguments," and "Une Bonne

Histoire."  His book-illustrations have been comparatively few,

those to Burnand's laughable burlesque of "Sandford and Merton"

being among the best.  Rumour asserts that he is at present engaged

upon Kingsley's "Water Babies," a subject which might almost be

supposed to have been created for his pencil.  There are

indications, it may be added, that Mr. Sambourne's talents are by no

means limited to the domain in which for the present he chooses to

exercise them, and it is not impossible that he may hereafter take

high rank as a cartoonist.  Mr. Charles Keene, a selection from

whose sketches has recently been issued under the title of "Our

People," is unrivalled in certain bourgeois, military, and

provincial types.  No one can draw a volunteer, a monthly nurse, a

Scotchman, an "ancient mariner" of the watering-place species, with

such absolutely humorous verisimilitude.  Personages, too, in whose

eyes--to use Mr. Swiveller's euphemism--"the sun has shone too

strongly," find in Mr. Keene a merciless satirist of their "pleasant

vices."  Like Leech, he has also a remarkable power of indicating a

landscape background with the fewest possible touches.  His book-

illustrations have been .mainly confined to magazines and novels.

Those in "Once a Week" to a "Good Fight," the tale subsequently

elaborated by Charles Reade into the "Cloister and the Hearth,"

present some good specimens of his earlier work.  One of these, in

which the dwarf of the story is seen climbing up a wall with a

lantern at his back, will probably be remembered by many.

After the "Punch" school there are other lesser luminaries.  Mr. W.

S. Gilbert's drawings to his own inimitable "Bab Ballads" have a

perverse drollery which is quite in keeping with that erratic text.

Mr. F. Barnard, whose exceptional talents have not been sufficiently

recognised, is a master of certain phases of strongly marked

character, and, like Mr. Charles Green, has contributed some

excellent sketches to the "Household Edition" of Dickens.  Mr.

Sullivan of "Fun," whose grotesque studies of the "British

Tradesman" and "Workman" have recently been republished, has

abounding vis comica, but he has hitherto done little in the way of

illustrating books.  For minute pictorial stocktaking and

photographic retention of detail, Mr. Sullivan's artistic memory may

almost be compared to the wonderful literary memory of Mr. Sala.

Mr. John Proctor, who some years ago (in "Will o' the Wisp") seemed

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