Ernest M. Jessop

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Ernest M. Jessop

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Jackdaw of Rheims, Original Illustrations — 1889

- Watercolor and ink on heavy paper
- Image (sight): 13.5” high x 10” wide
- Frame: 19.5” high x 16.5” wide
- Signature: Pg. III — artist’s cipher lower right of Jackdaw; Pg. IV — lower right corner of inset illustration, signed “E M Jessop”

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About the work

Two original illustrations from The Jackdaw of Rheims by Thomas Ingoldsby, illustrations by Ernest M. Jessop. Published by Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1889. 

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. 

The condition of the illustrations is exceptionally fine, with very few specks of foxing. 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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