Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Harry Furniss (1854-1925), Caricaturist

Caricaturist and illustrator; born 26 March 1854 in Wexford, Ireland. Largely self-taught as a draughtsman; worked for Illustrated London News from 1876 and then on Punch 1884–94 (chiefly on drawings of parliamentary figures), the Daily News 1896, and a host of independent ventures including two years in the nascent film industry in the USA 1912–13; back in Britain produced and appeared in some short movies; died 14 January 1925, in Hastings, Sussex.

Physically he was ‘a sturdy, stocky, ebullient man, smiling and self-confident’ with a bald head and well-groomed beard.[1] With a ‘jovial and friendly personality’ he was a gregarious clubman and raconteur known for entertaining, opinionated anecdotes.[2]

The NPG contains 268 of his rapid, expressive sketches of prominent men from the 1880s to 1900s, together with two late notebooks (NPG MS 43, 44) and a register of drawings c.1885–1917 (NPG MS 116).

Dr Jan Marsh

Footnotesback to top

1) Jensen 2004.
2) Grimsditch 1937.

Referencesback to top

‘Aliquis’ 1892
‘Aliquis’, ‘Art Critics of Today’, Art Journal, July 1892, pp.193–7.

Begbie 1901
Begbie, H., Great Men 1895–1900, London, 1901.

Bradshaw 1958
Bradshaw, P.V., Brother Savages and Guests, London, 1958.

Cullen 2004
Cullen, F., The Irish Face: Redefining the Irish Portrait, London, 2004.

Cullen & Foster 2005
Cullen, F., and R. Foster, ‘Conquering England’: Ireland in Victorian London, exh. cat., NPG, London, 2005.

Furniss 1887a
Furniss, H., How He Did It: The Story of Harry Furniss’s ‘Artistic Joke’, London, 1887.

Furniss 1894
Furniss, H., with note by E.J. Milliken, Catalogue of a Collection of Drawings, Political and Pictorial by H. Furniss, exh. cat., Fine Art Society, London, 1894.

Furniss 1897
Furniss, H., Pen and Pencil in Parliament, London, 1897.

Furniss 1901
Furniss, H., Confessions of a Caricaturist, 2 vols, London, 1901.

Furniss 1904
Furniss, H., Harry Furniss at Home, London, 1904.

Furniss [1919]
Furniss, H., My Bohemian Days, London, n.d. [1919].

Furniss [c.1923]
Furniss, H., Garrick Gallery Caricatures, privately printed, London, n.d. [c.1923].

Furniss 1925
Furniss, H., The Two Pins Club, London, 1925.

Grimsditch 1937
Grimsditch, H.B., ‘Furniss, Harry (1854–1925)’, DNB, Oxford, 1937.

Hall 1997
Hall, N.J., Max Beerbohm Caricatures, New Haven and London, 1997.

Hart-Davis 1972
Hart-Davis, R., A Catalogue of the Caricatures of Max Beerbohm, London, 1972.

Jensen 2004
Jensen, J., ‘Furniss, Henry [pseud. Lika Joko] (1854–1925)’, ODNB, Oxford, 2004.

Lusk 1905
Lusk, L., ‘A Famous Journalist: Sydney P Hall, M.V.O.’, Art Journal, 1905, pp.277–81.

Opyrchal 1983
Opyrchal, A., Harry Furniss 1854–1925: Confessions of a Caricaturist, exh. leaflet, NPG, London, 1983.

Ormond 1969
Ormond, L., George Du Maurier, London, 1969.

Ormond 2010
Ormond, L., Linley Sambourne: Illustrator and Punch Cartoonist, London, 2010.

Pottle 2004
Pottle, M., ‘Hall, Sydney Prior (1842–1922)’, ODNB, Oxford, 2004.

Spielmann 1895a
Spielmann, M.H., The History of Punch, London, 1895.

Stetz 2007
Stetz, M.D, Facing the Late Victorians: Portraits of Writers and Artists from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, Newark, DE, 2007.

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Twyman, M., Printing 1770–1970: An Illustrated History of Its Development and Uses in England, London, 1970.

Walery 1888–96
Walery [Stanislas Julian, Count Ostrorog], ed., Our Celebrities: A Portrait Gallery … Portraits by Walery, 5 vols (vol.1 ed. L. Engel), London, 1888–96.

Ward 1923
Ward, E.A., Recollections of a Savage, London, 1923.

Watson 1907
Watson, A., The Savage Club: A Medley of History, Anecdote and Reminiscence, London, 1907.