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).