Friday, August 16, 2013

Antique Image of the Day: Eckstein's Punch and Judy, 1798

Punch and Judy Show
Johannes Eckstein, 1798
Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection 
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Johannes Eckstein (active 1770-1802) created this beautiful work of pen and ink and watercolor in 1798. This highly detailed image shows us a crowd engaged by a Punch and Judy show.

Look at Mr. Punch. Isn’t he just adorable? This would have been a wooden relative of the Punchinello famously recorded nearly twenty years later by George Cruikshank.

Today, this image is part of The Royal Collection. 

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