Black ink on paper. Signed with initials bottom right. The image measuring 11 x 13 cms. Re-mounted, framed and glazed using archival materials. A portion of the previous mount has been retained and framed underneath the ink drawing, inscribed by the artist "Harry Furniss / Bruno crying - and Sylvie / Lewis Carroll Sylvie and Bruno". The illustration appears in print on page 307 of the 1889 first edition.
An attractive and scarce drawing from the last of Lewis Carroll's novels to be published during his lifetime. With two main plots, one set in the real world of contemporary Victorian society, the other in the fantasy world of Fairyland, Syvlie and Bruno combined fairy tale, incorporating many nonsense elements and poems, similar to Carroll's Alice books, with social novel, with characters discussing various concepts and aspects of religion, society, philosophy and morality. Its illustrations were provided by Harry Furniss (1854-1925), a leading English illustrator of the period who produced work for numerous children's books and popular periodicals. During the book's production, Carroll and Furniss often produced both text and pictures simultaneously, seeking to create a sense of harmony between the two elements. Ultimately, though, throughout this process, Carroll came to exert a somewhat overbearing level of control over Furniss' illustration, to such an extent that Furniss would often pretend to be out when Carroll called at his home. Despite his drawings for the novel becoming one of his most well known and enduring creations, after completing Sylvie and Bruno, Furniss vowed never to work for Carroll again.
Stock code: 17618