Genre and Humor

The term "genre" on our site covers a broad range of art, from sentimental to cynical, from melodramatic to mocking, including a large selection from the heyday of genre prints in 19th century Britain and France. Related items on our site also include Currier & Ives prints and 20th century illustration art. See also our online article About Genre & Humor.

Humor

British
The Breakfast

Henry Bunbury
The Breakfast
London: 1815
$450

Thomas Rowlandson, Series of Miseries

Thomas Rowlandson
Miseries
London: 1808
Set of 6, $600

Hats and Wigs

Matthew Darly
Hats and Wigs
London: 1773
Hand-colored etchings
$800 each

Charruci Caricatures

Charruci
Caricatures
London:
Early 19th C.
$450

The Country Club

C. Dibdin, Esq.
The Country Club
London: 1805
$450

Amorous, Clamorous, Uproarious and Glorious

Theodore Lane
Amorous, Clamorous, Uproarious and Glorious
London: 1825
Color printed aquatint
$500

The Sporting Cantab

Cuthbert Bradley
The Sporting Cantab
London: 1885
Color-process lithograph
$750

The Sportman's Dream

R.M. Alexander
The Sportsman's Dream
London: 1884
Color-process lithograph
$750

Bad Egg

M. Egerton
Infernal Bad Egg
London: c. 1825
$250

The Welch Traveller

The Welch Traveller
Laurie & Whittle
London: 1801
$250

A Morning Visit to A Young Templar

A Young Templar
Laurie and Whittle
London: 1803
$250

Fellow Feeling

Fellow Feeling
Laurie & Whittle
London: 1801
$250

Laurie &Whittle, Misers Print

Misers
Laurie & Whittle
London: 1803
$250

Mother Louse Engraving

David Loggan
Mother Louse, of Louse Hall, near Oxford
London: 1793
Engraving
$350

Anglo-Parisian Salutations--Or, Practice--Par Excellence!

George Cruikshank
Anglo-Parisian
London: 1835
$250

Humor

American, French, German and Italian
Set of Humorous Firefighting Lithographs

Set of Humorous Firefighting Lithographs
Philadelphia: 1858
$3,600, set of 4

Lights and Shadows of Horse Racing

Lights and Shadows of Horse Racing
Joseph Koehler, NY: 1890
Lithograph, uncolored
$1,500

Les Velocipedes

Les Vélocipèdes
F. Sala & Co.
Berlin:
c. 1860s-70s
Hand-colored lithograph
$2,250

Good Night Sleep - 9 Heures du Soir

Honoré Daumier
Hours of Sleep
Mid 19th C.
$375

The 10 Commandments of the Tavern

H. Bruel
Die Zehn Wirthschafts Gebote/ 10 Commandments of the Tavern
Henry Schile, NY: 1875
Chromolithograph
Price on Request

The Grecian Bend: Fifth Avenue Style

Thomas Worth
The Grecian Bend: Fifth Avenue Style
Currier & Ives: 1868
Hand-colored lithograph
$1,900

Dwarfs from Il Callotto resuscitato

Joost van Sasse et al.
Caricatures from Callot Resurrected, Newly Furnished Cabinet of Dwarfs
Augsburg:
c. 1720
$3,750, set of 6

Il Seminarista in Vacanza

Italian School
Seminarians
19th C.
$450, set of 3

La Toilette d'un Clerc Procureur

Carle Vernet
La Toilette
Paris:
Early 19th C.
$450

Les Amateurs de Cafe

Louis-Léopold Boilly
Les Amateurs de Café
Paris: 1827
Hand-colored lithograph
$250

humorous advertisement

Whole Dam Family
"Keystone" Cigar
St. Paul: c. 1900
$1,200

Pastoral & Daily Life

Ansdell Sheep Herding Scenes

Richard Ansdell
Picking Out the Lambs
Sheep Washing

London: c. 1864
$450 each

print

Richard Westall
Village Scenes
Paris: Early 19th C.
$2,750, set of 6

French Winter Scenes

François Aubertin
The Castle and The Thatched Cottage
Paris: c. 1810-1820
Color-printed aquatints
$3,200, the pair

A Shepherd

Thomas Gainsborough
Shepherd Boys
Mezzotints
Late 18th C.
$250 each

The Young Civilians Toilet

William Tayler
[English Gentleman in Company Raj India]
London: 1842
Hand-colored lithograph
$975

Dr. Church's London and Birmingham Motor Car 1833

John Cooke
London & Birmingham Motor Car
Birmingham, England: 1833
Hand-colored engraving
$750

Poetic Illustration - Pilgrim and Herdsman

Thomas Stothard
Pilgrim and Herdsman
London: 1790
$250

The Coquette at Her Toilet

George Morland
The Coquette at Her Toilet
London: 1787
Aquatint, uncolored
$475

Sylvia, by Sir Joshua Reynolds

Sir Joshua Reynolds
Sylvia
London: 1791
$250

Reynolds Portrait of Three Children

Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Three Children
London:
Late 18th C.
$250

Woodland Maid

Thomas Lawrence
The Woodland Maid
London: 1794
$475

print

François Boucher
This Sheep
Paris: Late 18th C.
$275

The Sportsman's Visit

E.F. Lambert
The Sportsman's Visit
London: 1829
Aquatint with hand-coloring
$600

French Children Playing

Nicolas-Edward Gabé
Petite Soeur
Petit Frère
Hand-colored lithographs
Paris: Mid 19th C.
$750, the pair

Le Grain de Pluie [The Heavy Rain Shower]

Grain de Pluie
[Rain Shower]
Paris: Early 19th
$475

Lavinia and Her Mother

Emma Creure
Lavinia
London: 1781
$250

Youthful Amusement

Charles Taylor
Youthful Amusement
 London: 1795
$250

La Petite Therese

Caresme
La Petite Thérese [Little Theresa]
Paris: Late 18th
$275

Mrs. Graham Balloon Ascent Vauxhall Gardens

Mrs. Graham First Balloon Ascent at Night Attempted by a Female
London: 1850
Hand colored lithograph
Price on Request

Dueling Prints

Dueling
Collection of 42 Antique Prints
Mostly 18th and 19th C.
$500, the collection

Currier and Ives print

See also our
Currier & Ives section

The Peruvian Galley

Hamerton (after)
The Peruvian Galley
London: 1823
$250

Animals

La Ranocchia ed il Bove

Barlow/ Lasinio R. Frof.
La Ranocchia, ed il Bove
[Frog and Ox]

Florence, Italy: 1805
Engraving on paper
$400

From Instructive Fables from the Animal Kingdom...

Johann Ridinger
Instructive Fables from the Animal Kingdom
Germany:
Early 19th C.
Etchings
$1,500, the pair

Laurie and Whittle, The Old Dog's Legacy

Old Dog's Legacy
Laurie & Whittle
London: 1800
Engraving
$250

Monkeys Musicians in Costumes

Monkey Musicians in Costume
English or Continental:
c. 19th C.
Engravings and collage
$2,600, the pair

Engraving of Dancing Dogs

George Morland
Dancing Dogs
London: 1796
Color stipple engraving
$975

after Henry Alken, Sporting Notions

Henry Alken
Sporting Notions
London: 1832
Color aquatint engravings
$3,600, set of 8

The Trial of 'Bill Burn,' Under Martin's Act

P. Mathews
Trial of "Bill Burn"
London: Mid 19th C.
Hand-colored aquatint
$1,250

A Tiff in the Nursery

G. Davies
Tiff in the Nursery
London: Mid 19th C.
Hand-colored lithograph
$425

H. Heath, Illustrations of Shakespear [sic]

H. Heath
Illustrations of Shakespeare
London: 19th C.
Hand-colored etching
$550

Monkeys Jousting

E.F. McCabe
The Modern Tournament
Monkeys Jousting
London: 1827
Hand-colored engravings
$900, the pair

Krmse Dogs

Persis Kirmse
[Dogs on River Banks]
New York: 1917
Etching
$650

Stories & Songs

Hogarth Illustration of Proverb from Bible

William Hogarth
The Idle Prentice
Late 18th C.
Engraving
$350

Don Quichotte

Charles-Antoine Coypel
Don Quichote
Paris: Mid 18th C.
$550

Young George Washington and the Cherry Tree

George Gorgas White
Father, I Can Not Tell a Lie: I Cut the Tree
John C. McRae, NY: 1867
Engraving
$550

Sprig of Shillelah and Shamrock so Green

Sprig of Shillelah
Shamrock so Green

London: 1807
$250

A Bond-Street Lounger; or, A Man with Two Suits to His Back

George Carey
Bond-Street Lounger
London: 1800
$250

The Anacreontic Petition and Song

The Anacreontic Song
British: 1791
Mezzotint broadside
$850

Nobody's Song (Plate 461)

Nobody's Song
Laurie & Whittle
London: 1807
$250

Dick Dock, or the Lobster and Crab (Plate No. 438)

Lobster & Crab
Laurie & Whittle
London: 1806
$250

Oatland's Ramble, Plate 453

Oatland's Ramble
Laurie & Whittle
London: 1806
$250

Allegories

Victorian Tinsmith's Costume by Arthur Helsby

Arthur B. Helsby
Tinsmith's Costume
British: 1887
Watercolor
$750

Fisher and Fisher's Wife

Martin Engelbrecht
Fisher and Fisher's Wife
Augsburg: c. 1730
Hand-colored engravings
$2,400, the pair

Monsters

John Hamilton Mortimer
Monsters
London: 1778, 1780
Six etchings
$450 to $650 each

Archive & Research

For research and reference, see our online article About Genre & Humor and our Archive of Sold Genre & Humor Prints.

About Genre and Humor