More Sketches by W.M. Thackeray

Dancers, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 233 Dancers, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 233
Cat worship, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 31 Cat worship, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 31
Dueling vegetables drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 332 Dueling vegetables drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 332
Dancers, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 302 Dancers, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 302
Lawn bowling, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 190 Lawn bowling, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 190
Chasing butterflies drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 394 Chasing butterflies drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 394
Big hair, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 325 Big hair, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 325
Rainy weather and stressed umbrellas, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 460 Rainy weather and stressed umbrellas, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 460
Tapping the earth, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 363 Tapping the earth, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 363
Weird postures, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 216 Weird postures, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 216

Thackerayana has too many enchanting sketches to be limited to a single post of Thackeray sketches, so I’m highlighting ten more sketches (this time as a “slider,” instead of a tiled gallery).  In the gallery you’ll find struggles with umbrellas, fencing vegetables, dancers, and more.

Big hair, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) - page 325
Big hair, drawing by W.M. Thackeray from Thackerayana (1875) – page 325

I want to highlight one of the sketches, which I call “big hair.”  To accompany the drawing, Thackerayana has a long quote from a publication called the ‘World’ on May 3, 1753, which I assume held the big hair sketch in its margins.  It’s a conversation between a father, mother and daughter about hair styling:

“But how do you like my pompon, papa?” continued my daughter; “Is it not a charming one? I think it is prettier than mamma’s.”

“It may, child, for anything that I know; because I do not know what part of all this frippery thy pompon is.” [said papa]

“It is this, papa,” replied the girl, putting up her hand to her head, and showing me in the middle of her hair a complication of shreds and rags of velvets, feathers, and ribands, stuck with false stones of a thousand colours, and placed awry.

“But what hast thou done to thy hair, child, and why is it blue? Is that painted, too, by the same eminent hand that coloured thy cheeks?”

“Indeed, papa,” answered the girl, “as I told you before, there is no painting in the case; but what gives my hair that bluish cast is the grey powder, which has always that effect on dark-coloured hair, and sets off the complexion wonderfully.”

“Grey powder, child!” said I, with some surprise; “grey hairs I knew were venerable; but till this moment I never knew they were genteel.”

“Extremely so, with some complexions,” said my wife; “but it does not suit with mine, and I never use it.”

Reference

Thackerayana: Notes and Anecdotes, illustrated by nearly six hundred sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray, depicting humorous incidents in his school life, and favourite scenes and characters in the books of his every-day reading, by Joseph Grego, published by Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly (London), 1875. Full text at Archive.org. No known copyright restrictions.

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