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Some people like it laid on with a trowel

Some people like it laid on with a trowel
study for cartoon for Punch magazine

pen and ink over pencil
14.3 × 22.3 cm irreg. (image) 25.2 × 35.3 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
London, England
inscribed in pen and ink (in image) l.r.: du MAURIER
inscribed in pen and ink l.c.: Some people like it laid on with a trowel. / Mrs. Ponsonby de Tompkyns – “dear lady Gulps, how charmingly Miss Gulps plays! (charmingly underlined) / Mrs. Soapley (who knows perfectly well):- “What! is that lovely (lovely underlined) child at the piano your daughter, (daughter underlined) Lady Gulps! to be sure I ought to / have guessed it from the likeness! but to think that you’ve already got a daughter so grown up!!” / Lady Gulps: “she’s my granddaughter, (granddaughter underlined) if you please! by the bye, Mrs Soapley, the Bishop & Lady Selina are coming to / dine with me on Wednesday. It will give me so much pleasure if you –“ZZZ-“ / (Mrs. P de T. not in at this time!
inscribed in pencil l.r.: 1884
inscribed (diagonally) in pencil l.r.-c.r.: Some People like it laid on with a trowel / 1/2 page for ‘Punch” Mrs Ponsonby de Tompkyns / Lady Gulps and Mrs Soapley 1884
inscribed in pen and ink u.l.-u.r.: Mrs. Ponsonby de Tompkyns cut out! / (three lines of text, partially crossed out) / Mrs Soapley accepts. Mrs P. de T. (…illeg.) up, disgusted at (at crossed out) with the world!
Accession Number
International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by the Joint Trustees of the Late G. du Maurier, 1931
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Joe White Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Human Figures Humour and satire Interiors
Subjects (specific)
caricatures cartoons (humorous images) cross-hatching customs (social concepts) full-length figures human behaviour social classes