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DULAC, Edmund
"A slung-shot could not have brought her down better. The Autocrat of the breakfast table. ch. II."
signed and dated "1905" (lower right), annotated with pencil notations and titled in ink on illustration board surrounding image
pencil, ink and watercolor on illustration board, matted and framed
7½ x 5 3/8 in. (190 x 136 mm), image size

A watercolor drawing illustrating a scene from Oliver Wendell Holmes's The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, which was originally published in monthly installments, beginning with the first issue of Atlantic Monthly Magazine in November 1857 until October 1858. It was then issued in book form with many subsequent editions, including notes by the author.

The original illustrations for the book were drawn by H.M. Brock in 1902, working for the publishers J.M. Dent and Co., London. Dulac started work for the same publishers in 1905 on their re-published Bronte Sisters series, for which he illustrated 60 plates. As there is no record of a published work of The Autocrat with Dulac's illustrations, it is likely that this was executed as a one-off in order to show his expertise with the art of book illustration to his new-found employers.

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