Art: Hurrahs for a Modest Man

When the London papers of 1891 ran their obituaries on Charles Samuel Keene, only a few connoisseurs marked the passing of a fine Victorian artist. The public knew him mainly as a cartoonist for Punch; critics in general, when they thought of him at all, thought of him as an everyday draftsman. Last week, half a century after his death, Britain's Arts Council exhibited nearly 100 of Charles Keene's original drawings, and. the hurrahs shook the rafters.

The reproductions in Punch had not done Keene justice. Printed from wood blocks, they were dull and crude compared to the pen & ink...

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