chapter  1
15 Pages

George Du Maurier as a Draughtsman and Illustrator

ByPaul Goldman

George Du Maurier began his studies in Paris in the studio of the Swiss painter Charles Gleyre in 1856, and he describes the atmosphere vividly in the unmistakably autobiographical pages of Trilby. Du Maurier's fields of designing activity may be divided roughly into two main areas of work, first comic and then serious. Within these there are further subdivisions to be made in terms of the various styles, and these will be examined later. Not least on account of the amount of work to be considered, Du Maurier's industriousness is expressed in the sheer number of cartoons he produced for Punch and related publications. As Kelly points out, 'Du Maurier produced work in Punch that was strongly influenced by the form of the novel. The editor of Punch gave him his subject — the upper classes — and the novel provided him a structure for rendering that subject'.