Quintessentially Victorian periodical Punch, the illustrated ‘London Charivari’ of political satire and middle-class humour, celebrates this week its 150th anniversary, first published on 17 July 1841!

Here are a few choice examples from Punch issues of the 19th-cen, some great as art, others as comedy, and others as artefacts of a historical world we can best imagine through small windows such as these:

  1. ‘A Passion for Astronomy’ [Dec. 1, 1866]
  2. John Bull on the potential for French invasion (poodles vs. English bulldogs) [Nov. 12, 1859)
  3. ‘On the Trail’ + accompanying verse [Feb. 24, 1883]
  4. ‘Extremes That Met’ [March 14, 1874] – and read my full article on middle-aged and aging women in 19th-century fiction HERE, hosted by the FWSA-UK!
  5. ‘Interconjugal Whispers’ [Feb. 25, 1882]
  6. ‘Popping the question’ – from my selection of Punch puns and one-liners from April Fools Days across the years [here, the week of, pub. March 25, 1865]!
  7. ‘The Height of Impropriety’ [Aug. 8, 1891]
  8. #MuchVictorian (racist, imperialist) punny jokes, ‘Easy French Translations’ [Feb. 21, 1863]
  9. ‘Punch’s Advice to Ladies’ in re crinolines near fireplaces [Feb. 21, 1863]

See many, many more in my #Punch tag on this blog, and browse the whole of the c19 Punch collection through any of these resource pages [1, 2, 3]!

A 19th century Fitbit? 

This strange illustration comes from a book titled Animal Mechanism: A Treatise on Terrestrial and Aërial Locomotion, by Etienne-Jules Marey. Marey was a pioneer in the various fields such as cardiology, scientific laboratory photography, and cinematography. He even made improvements on Eadweard Muybridge motion picture studies by making the captures more scientifically accurate. 

Here, a runner, not a cyborg, is provided with an apparatus intended to register his different paces.

“The mornings were getting colder and colder. The fog kept wallowing in the valleys like a feather blanket. She took the horse and went out for a ride. The morning light was her favourite ever since she could remember. However, those rare sunny days in Hastings could never equal this.”

It’s been ages since I’ve painted a proper picture with Aderyn. Not to mention I keep on changing her design and clothes all the time. And what’s better to draw when having art block? Your favourite OC, trying out different artist’s style (have been going through the DA:I art book too much) and trying to make a bg study. … and certainly not a horse. :’D

But I am so happy to have a picture with this lady again!


“Vía subterránea de la Torre”. por Fondo Antiguo de la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Sevilla
Por Flickr:
Ilustraciones de la obra : Londres, Edimburgo-Dublín / por P. Villars ; traducción de E. L. de Verneuil ; ilustración de Boudier… [et al.] . - Barcelona : Daniel Cortezo, 1886.