Pinwell, George John (1842-75; English)
My dear Honeyword, look at this incendiary letter… 1865
Pencil and wash drawing on wood block, 18.0 x 13.2 x 2.3 cm
Purchased, 1896 (advice of Joseph Pennell)
National Gallery of Victoria (26-2)

“Scene from Goldsmith’s ‘Good Natured Man’,” (according to NGV 1905), purchased together with Mahoney Pickwick finds Sam Weller {1896} NGV [DR], also drawn on wood. This example was made for one of the engravings in Dalzeil’s Illustrated Goldsmith, published by Ward & Lock, London, in 1865.

Pinwell, a contemporary of North, Walker and Green, led a successful career as an illustrator until serious illness overtook him at the age of only 32, in 1874. A number of other illustrations by him, purchased after 1905, are also held in the NGV. A poignant 1869 watercolour, A seat in St James’s Park, London, was bought for the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1886.


AR 1896, p.24; NGV 1905, p.57 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.78) [£11/13] 

For Pinwell, see Bénézit 11, p.25 (listing the present work); AKL 96 (2017), pp.10-11; and For the other works by Pinwell in the NGV, see also; and for the AGNSW work mentioned, see