The "Head Keeper" on the "Varsity Estates"

Method Watercolour
Artist [Anonymous]
Published [c. 1875]
Dimensions 260 x 378 mm
Notes A scarce original watercolour of the academic and journalist James Richard Thursfield. Thursfield stands, wearing a checked tratan suit and clutches a gun under one arm, and holds two strings to walking toys in his other hand. The wooden pull-along horse to the left symbolises "private property" and the wooden pull-along dog to the right refers to "varsity". Thursfield is standing in a field, likely near University Parks, with the Oxford spires in the background.

Monogram of inter linked R.B.C/R.C.B to bottom left, bellow the depiction of two crossed smoking pipes. This image was later photographically reproduced and issued by Thomas Shrimpton & Son. (Oxford, Bodleian Library, G.A. Oxon 4o 413, fol. 265). A cataloguing note from the Shripton & Son's Oxford Caricatures collection in the Bodleian notes "The caricatures were essentially produced for undergraduates and mainly by undergraduates".

James Richard Thursfield (1840-1923) was an alumnus of Corpus Christi College and fellow of Jesus College. After his marriage in 1880 he became an editor of "The Times" and published books on British naval history.

Condition: Laid to board. Staining from previous mount.
Framing unmounted
Price £150.00
Stock ID 47152