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"How Papa carried us ashore."

  • Object:

    Satirical print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1860s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomas Onwhyn, born 1814 - died 1886 (artist)
    Rock & Co. (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Guy Tristram Little

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 68, box G

Physical description

A man carrying a young girl through the sea from a boat. His trousers are rolled up. She wears a large purple crinoline skirt and ankle boots, and holds an umbrella. On the man's back is a small child sitting piggy back.
1 of 30 comic visiting cards, some hand-coloured.

Place of Origin

London (published)


1860s (made)


Thomas Onwhyn, born 1814 - died 1886 (artist)
Rock & Co. (publishers)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 9.53 cm, Width: 6.35 cm

Descriptive line

"How Papa carried us ashore."
One of 30 satirical cards parodying carte-de-visites and calling-cards. Published by Rock & Co, London, 1860s.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1953 London: HMSO, 1963


Lithographic ink


Lithography; Engraving


Visiting and announcement cards; Caricatures & Cartoons; Satire; Prints; Children & Childhood; Women's clothes; Day wear


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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