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Four Original Christmas Designs for Ally Sloper's Half Holiday.
[1901] Four pen, ink & blue pencil designs on card, printer's marks in blue pencil on three versos, one partially laid down on card; pin holes to corners of all four.1. The Sloper Aeroplanet. Ally's latest santosity. Signed W. F. Thomas. 23 x 35cm. 2. Ready on Monday Al[ly] Slo[er's] Xmas Holidays. 23 x 35cm. Sloper's Art Union label on verso. 'Original drawing from Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday dated [in ms.] Novr. 30th 1901. Artist [in ms.] W. F. Thomas'. 3. Ally Sloper Wishes you a Merry Xmas. 23 x 35cm. edges sl. rubbed.4. "Merry Christmas To You!" 23 x 35cm. Laid on card. The comic character of Ally Sloper was created by Charles Henry Ross and first drawn by his wife Emilie de Tessier when he appeared in the magazine Judy in 1867. Ross sold the rights of the character to the publisher and printer Gilbert Dalziel and in 1884 Ally Sloper's Half Holiday became the first weekly comic magazine to be based on a single character, with images by the cartoonist William Giles Baxter. On Baxter's death in 1888 William Fletcher Thomas took the position as the principle artist for Ally Sloper until he was replaced by Charles Henry Chapman. The first two images advertise the forthcoming edition of Ally Sloper's Christmas Holidays, a supplementary edition sold each Christmas for twopence and issued with a gratis double page plate and sheet of music. The other two illustrations are presumably from the Christmas edition as they offer Season's Greetings. PLEASE NOTE: For customers within the UK and the EU, this item is subject to VAT.
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