# 43732

LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)

“The Insult” : original drawing for an illustration published in The Bulletin, December 1906.

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Pen and ink on paper, 280 x 190 mm (sight), signed in the image by the artist l.r.; the original mount with the caption in manuscript as originally published in The Bulletin, Vol. 27 No. 1402, 27 December 1906, p. 10: ‘THE INSULT. BILLO: “‘Ow did I get it? I got it offer Snorkey.”  BENNO: “Wod yer been doin’ to Snorkey?  BILLO: “Nuffin. I on’y said as I ’eard he was teachin’ Sunday school.”; paper toned and with a touch of foxing; mount with small stain at upper left; housed in a later glazed timber frame, 520 x 400 mm.

The fictional working-class characters Billo and Benno featured in Edward Dyson’s popular Fact’ry ‘ands collections of humorous short stories, which were illustrated by Norman Lindsay. The first of these collections – titled simply Fact’ry ‘ands – was published in 1906. Dyson’s stories and Lindsay’s illustrations were originally published in issues of The Bulletin.