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Thierry Smolderen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031496

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031496.001.0001

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Graffiti and Little Doodle Men

Graffiti and Little Doodle Men

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(p.25) 2 Graffiti and Little Doodle Men
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The Origins of Comics
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Thierry Smolderen

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031496.003.0002

This chapter explores the drawings of Rodolphe Töpffer. Unlike Hogarth, whose engravings took extraordinary care to pastiche the noble style, Töpffer's albums are fundamentally unconcerned with the laws of classical drawing. This difference stems from the flaunted taste of romantic-era illustrators for “primitive” forms of expression including graffiti, children's drawings, caricature, Gothic illumination, and the grotesque.

Keywords:   Rodolphe Töpffer, drawings, satire, picture stories, illustrators

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