1854 – Why’s for the Wise

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Harrison Weir had previously worked with Mark Lemon on “The Field” , when the latter was Editor of that publication. In 1854, when Editor of the now famous “Punch” magazine, Mr Lemon found himself in a predicament when his regularly employed illustrator, Mr John Leech took ill. He therefore engaged Harrison Weir, among others, to assist. Fortunately, Mr Leech’s indisposition was short-lived, so this work which carries the heading: “Why’s for the Wise”, remains the only illustration on record produced for that publication, drawn by Harrison Weir. It features in the October issue of 1854, illustrating with a humorous twist, the plight of a woman who is obliged to leave half her luggage behind by reason of a cab strike. The preceding paragraph asks a number of “why” questions, many of which suggest obvious difficulty in day to day situations, and the last is the tongue-in-cheek caption which reads: “Why cannot your wife travel for a week without taking her luggage for a twelve-month?”

Note the following: Father carries two children, with another two under an umbrella alongside. The wife leads the way. The luggage carriers march behind with their copious burdens and below, the family dog tries to tag along and keep out of trouble!

A witty piece, prints are now available in A4, A3 and A2 sizing options.

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Detail: Why's for the Wise, by Harrison Weir     Detail: Why's for the Wise by Harrison Weir

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