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1840 Henry Heath, Omnium Gatherum, folio caricature, satire, original

1840 Henry Heath, Omnium Gatherum, folio caricature, satire, original

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Heath, Henry

Omnium Gatherum [ Omnium Gatherum (A collection of miscellaneous people or things). ]

Published 1840

26.7 x 36 cm

Original engraving. Hand coloured.

‘Henry Heath (fl. 1822–1842), caricaturist, is a shadowy figure. Because of a similarity in style between William and Henry Heath and their collaboration on three prints, it has been suggested that they were related, even as brothers (George, Catalogue, 9.liv). Henry Heath etched theatrical portraits from 1822 and both social and political caricatures from 1824, his work being published by Fores and Gans. In 1831 he started to imitate the political caricatures of HB, changing from etching to lithography and adopting the monogram HH. About this time various sets of his comic vignettes in the manner of George Cruikshank were issued and were collected in 1840 under the title of The Caricaturist's Sketch Book; in the 1830s he also drew cockney sportsmen, following the example of Robert Seymour. One cartoon by him was published in Punch in 1842. In the same year he drew some amusing caricatures of Queen Victoria's visit to Scotland, after which, according to M. H. Spielmann (The History of Punch, 1895, 452), he emigrated to Australia.’ (Oxford Online DNB).

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