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The swing of the pendulum

The swing of the pendulum
study for cartoon for Punch magazine

pen and ink over pencil
14.4 × 15.1 cm (image) 25.2 × 35.5 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
London, England
inscribed in pen and ink (in image) l.l.: Maurier
inscribed in pencil l.r.: June 28 / 1884
inscribed in pen and ink l.l.: “The swing of the pendulum. / -“ And pray, Duke, what possible objection can you have to my (…illeg., crossed out) being a suitor for the hand of / your daughter Gwendolen? I – a – think I may flatter myself that aa / leading gentleman at the Parthenon Theatre (^ below Theatre) , my social positions is at least on a / par with your frace’s!” / -“ I admit that to be the case just at present – (at present underlined) but the social position of / the actor may suffer a reaction, and a day may come when even / the leading gentleman at the Parthenon may sink to the level of a Bishop, (Bishop underlined) let us say – and he no longer quite (^ below quite) a suitable mate for a / daughter of the – a – house of Beaumanoir!”
inscribed in pencil u.l.: (…illeg.) (faint)
inscrbied in pencil u.r.: (8 lines of faint hand-written text)
inscribed in pen and ink c.r.: ¼ p / (…illeg.)
inscribed in pencil c.r.: to / 4 ½ in depth
inscribed (vertically) in pencil l.r.: “The Swing of the Pendulum” / the Duke of Beaumanoir and actor
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
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Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Human Figures Humour and Satire Interiors
Subjects (specific)
caricatures cartoons (humorous images) cross-hatching customs (social concepts) human behaviour men (male humans) social classes text blocks