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Chapter 3 traces Duval’s stage performances, from pantomimes to romantic dramas and burlesque, using the sparse available evidence, and relates known events in her life to specific drawings she made. Her highs and lows in Ross productions, and her use of stock characters, were inspirations for her Judy strips and cartoons, though less than 5 per cent are explicitly theatre-based.

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suggestive synaesthesia in Marie Duval’s work
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Chapter 7 introduces the influences that may have impinged on Duval as an actor and therefore informed her drawing, including nineteenth-century performance theory and rehearsal practices as revealed through contemporary actor diaries. The chapter concludes with some thoughts on how Duval’s apparently spontaneous style may relate to current notions of drawing as performance.

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Chapter 8 examines the theatre influence on Duval’s output, by noticing models other than academic drawing arising from the visual tropes of theatre spectacle. Examples of stage mechanics and human athleticism are explored for clues to her depiction of movement and novelty.

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Maverick Victorian Cartoonist

Marie Duval: Maverick Victorian cartoonist offers the first critical appraisal of the work of Marie Duval (Isabelle Émilie de Tessier [1847–90]), one of the most unusual, pioneering and visionary cartoonists of the later nineteenth century.

Taking a critical theory approach, the book discusses key themes and practices of Duval’s vision and production, relative to the wider historic social, cultural and economic environments in which her work was made, distributed and read. It identifies Duval as an exemplary radical practitioner in an urban media environment, in which new professional definitions were being created, and in which new congruence between performance, illustration, narrative drawing and novels emerged. The book divides into two sections: Work and Depicting and Performing, interrogating the relationships between the developing practices and the developing forms of the visual cultures of print, story-telling, drawing and stage performance. On one hand, the book focuses on the creation of new types of work by women and gendered questions of authorship in the attribution of work, and on the other, the book highlights the style of Duval’s drawings relative to both the visual conventions of theatre production and the significance of the visualisation of amateurism and vulgarity. The book pays critical attention to Duval the practitioner and to her work, establishing her as a unique but exemplary figure in the foundational development of a culture of print, visualisation and narrative drawing in English, in a transformational period of the nineteenth century.

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