Fonds SC390 - Robert Seymour fonds

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Robert Seymour fonds

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    UVICSP SC390

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    • 1830 (Creation)
      Seymour, Robert, 1798-1836

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    1 v.

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    Biographical history

    Robert Seymour was born in or near London about the year 1800. He worked as an illustrator of various books and periodicals, including "Figaro in London". When he took some steel engravings to the publishing firm of Chapman and Hall, they engaged Charles Dickens, a struggling writer, to furnish the letter press for "Pickwick Papers" to accompany Seymour's sketches. Shortly after, Seymour quarrelled with Gilbert A'Beckett editor and proprietor of "Figaro in London" (a popular predecessor of "Punch) over not being paid, and was subsequently attacked by Beckett in the pages of his magazine. Unfortunately Seymour was subject to fits of despondency and took his own life on April 20, 1836 (before the second issue of Pickwick Papers was published).

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    The fonds consists of a volume of red leather with gold decoration. The title is printed in pencil on the inside of the front cover. There are thirty-nine clippings of the cartoons pasted in. A few have legends and another few are identified in pencil. Pasted to the front flyleaf is a holograph pass to the gallery of the House of Commons issued to Mr. Maude by Robert Ferguson on March 27, 1830.

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        The Pickwick Papers with Seymour's engravings in the early chapters is available through UVic Digital Collections.

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        Caricatures and cartoons--19th century; Political satire

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        Revised by JF, August 8, 2013.

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