Robert Prowse (biography)Medium:
Lithograph print on PaperSize:
11" x 7" (280mm x 190mm)Date:
c. 1885This is a print.
The Blue Dwarf A Tale of Mystery Love and Crime was written by Percy B. St John. It is an action-packed tale of highwaymen, Scottish Jacobites and Red Indians. This is basically a bizarre re-telling of the legend of the famous Highwayman Dick Turpin as sometimes helped and sometimes hindered by the titular Blue Dwarf. Most peculiar.
This is an example of the art prints to be found bound in (thus the creases) or given away free with the notorious Penny Dreadfuls that entertained the masses in the 19th Century.
There were 37 issues of The Blue Dwarf later collected into three bound editions just as today comics "floppies" are collected as "graphic novels". c. 1885.
At some point the paper has been taped to reverse due to tears along fold lines and in lower left of image. Trimmed on left side outside of image are (First "B" of Black Bess missing). Priced accordingly.