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Harry Furniss

(1854-1925), Caricaturist

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 13 portraits
Artist associated with 435 portraits
Born in Wexford, Ireland. He worked as an artist in Ireland but in 1876 he moved to England and found work with the Illustrated London News. Over the next eight years, he developed a reputation as an outstanding draughtsman. In 1884, he became a staff member at Punch, and for the next ten years he illustrated the 'Essence of Parliament'. Furniss's work became extremely popular with the public and he toured the country giving lectures on subjects such as The Frightfulness of Humour and Humours of Parliament. He illustrated many books including those by Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens and William Makepeace Thackeray.

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Harry Furniss, by Sydney Prior Hall - NPG 2386

Harry Furniss

by Sydney Prior Hall
pencil, published in The Graphic 20 April 1889
NPG 2386

Harry Furniss, by Edmund Joseph Sullivan, after  Alexander Bassano - NPG 2900

Harry Furniss

by Edmund Joseph Sullivan, after Alexander Bassano
pen and ink, 1891
NPG 2900

Harry Furniss, by Unknown photographer - NPG x132799

Harry Furniss

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1880s
NPG x132799

Harry Furniss, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x15476

Harry Furniss

by Elliott & Fry
bromide cabinet card, 1889-1890
NPG x15476

Harry Furniss, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x15477

Harry Furniss

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1889-1890
NPG x15477

Harry Furniss, by Walery, published by  Sampson Low & Co - NPG Ax9125

Harry Furniss

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published April 1890
NPG Ax9125

Harry Furniss, by Walery, published by  Sampson Low & Co - NPG Ax38325

Harry Furniss

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published April 1890
NPG Ax38325

Harry Furniss, by Walery, published by  Sampson Low & Co - NPG x9126

Harry Furniss

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published April 1890
NPG x9126

Harry Furniss, by Alexander Bassano - NPG Ax38744

Harry Furniss

by Alexander Bassano
gelatin print, before 1892
NPG Ax38744

Harry Furniss, by Harry Furniss - NPG D104

Harry Furniss

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1891
NPG D104


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