Ernest M. Jessop

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Ernest M. Jessop

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Jackdaw of Rheims, 21 Illustrations — 1883 & 1889  

- Watercolor and ink on heavy paperboard
- Framed works: 19.5” high x 16.5” wide
- Framed images (sight): 13.5” high x 10” wide
- Unframed works: 15” x 11”
- Variously signed with artist’s cipher or signature
- Copy of 1883 book included

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About the work

Twenty-one original illustrations from The Jackdaw of Rheims by Thomas Ingoldsby, illustrations by Ernest M. Jessop. Published 1883 and 1889, Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, England.   

The Jackdaw of Rheims is the best-known poem from the series of Ingoldsby Legends, first printed in the journal Bentley’s Miscellany in the late 1830s and later in New Monthly Magazine. This charming story is about a jackdaw who steals a cardinal’s ring and is later made a saint.

The story was written by the Rev. Richard Harris Barham (1788-1845), who used the pen-name Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Manor. Barham wrote ghost stories, tales, poems and humorous short stories, which for decades entertained both adults and children. 

Condition: The three illustrations from 1883 have considerable foxing, stains, and one with surface crack; the remaining 18 from 1889 are in good to very good condition, with minor age-related toning and mars. The two framed pieces are housed in late 19th/early 20th century oak frames under glass.

About the artist… 

Ernest M. Jessop worked as a painter, etcher and illustrator in London for many years. He illustrated three to four books with Ingoldsby, and he contributed illustrations to Punch magazine and Vanity Fair in the early 1900s. 

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