A novelist and illustrator, he became best known for his work for the British magazine Punch, of which he was a staff member for over 30 years. He is the creator of such figures as Mrs. Cimabue Brown (a Philistine), Jellaby Postwaite (a poet), Maudle (based on Oscar Wilde), Prigsby (a sycophant), Grigsby (an ordinary man trying to emulate the aesthetic movement's fashions), and of parodies of the nouveaux riches and patrons of the arts, Mrs. Ponsonby de Tomkyns and Sir Gorgius Midas. His first major work for Punch, submitted in 1866, was a series entitled A Legend of Camelot, satirizing the aethetic movement's leading figures Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Charles Baudelaire, Gabriel Pater, and others, and their
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