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REV. GEORGE LIDDELL JOHNSTON. Grotesques. Group of eleven grotesque caricatures, circa mid-1850s. Watercolor over graphite on paper. Sizes vary, the smallest measures 70x102 mm; 2 3/4x4 inches; the largest measures 229x260 mm; 9x10 1/4 inches. One is initalled "G.L.J." and three are captioned.
Reverend Johnston (1817-1902) was the Chaplain of the British Embassy in Vienna. A prolific artist with a Hogarthian sensibility, his sketchbooks were filled with pages after pages of caricatures that directly criticized "the Emperor and his Court, high society, the bourgeoisie and the peasants, haunted, persued, and grappling with their subconscious manifestations of decay and eventual destruction." Ronald Marshall, "Drawings from the Sketchbook of the Rev. George Liddell Johnston," The Stone Gallery, 1970.