Clever Christmas Jokes: festive illustrations from 1910
The December 1910 edition of The London Magazine decided to move away from the tradition of sharing typical Christmas jokes for the festive season, and instead to draw its readers’ attention to a selection of Yuletide drawings. The magazine considered that the drawings chosen were 'Characteristic examples of the best humorous black-and-white work of the day'.
The artists featured included:
- W. Heath Robinson, famed for his 'mechanical humour' with many of his works featuring wheels, ropes and other mechanical aids.
- George and Norman Morrow, who came from a family of illustrators, renowned for their illustrative work both in colour and black and white featuring 'a brimful of Irish Wit'.
- John Hassall, 'a master of line', whose works are considered to be the best in their field, and F. H. Townsend, who was best known as an illustrator for Punch magazine.
We hope, as the editors of The London Magazine did in 1910, that these festive illustrations have provided something a little different from the usual Yuletide jokes and brought a little cheer for this festive season.
Curator, India Office Records
P.P.6018.ta - The London Magazine, December 1910, No.2 [new series], pp. 496-502.