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Art of Tormenting, The
London: Charles Tilt, 1834. - Scarce Comic Treatise onHow To Vex, Plague, Irritate, Harass, and NagHEATH, Henry. The Art of Tormenting. London: Charles Tilt, 1834. First edition. Oblong folio (9 3/4 x 14 in; 248 x 356 mm). Thirty-four drawings on five (of six) hand-colored etchings; lacks Plate 5. Bound c. 1920 in quarter green cloth over drab card boards. Plate two with closed tear tape repair to verso. Plates three and four shaved at fore-edge with loss of plate number. Light soiling, otherwise an excellent set scarce in any condition.OCLC records only three copies in institutional holdings worldwide, at Columbia, Harvard, and the British Library. ABPC notes only two copies at auction within the last thirty-seven years."Henry Heath (fl. 1822–1842), caricaturist, is a shadowy figure. Because of a similarity in style between William and Henry Heath and their collaboration on three prints, it has been suggested that they were related, even as brothers (George, Catalogue, 9.liv). Henry Heath etched theatrical portraits from 1822 and both social and political caricatures from 1824, his work being published by Fores and Gans. In 1831 he started to imitate the political caricatures of HB, changing from etching to lithography and adopting the monogram HH. About this time various sets of his comic vignettes in the manner of George Cruikshank were issued and were collected in 1840 under the title of The Caricaturist's Sketch Book; in the 1830s he also drew cockney sportsmen, following the example of Robert Seymour. One cartoon by him was published in Punch in 1842. In the same year he drew some amusing caricatures of Queen Victoria's visit to Scotland, after which, according to M. H. Spielmann (The History of Punch, 1895, 452), he emigrated to Australia. Dorothy George called him ‘a competent and versatile but very imitative caricaturist’ (George, Catalogue, 10.xliv)" (Oxford Online DNB).Abbey, Life 301. [Attributes: First Edition]
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