Marie Duval: Laughter in the First Age of Leisure

This exhibition runs from Fri, 9th Dec 2016 to Fri, 17th Mar 2017. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

  • Thu, 19th Jan 2017
  • Fri, 20th Jan 2017
  • Mon, 23rd Jan 2017
  • Tue, 24th Jan 2017
  • Wed, 25th Jan 2017
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Cost: Free of Charge

Isabelle Émilie de Tessier was a London actress, cartoonist and illustrator who worked under the pseudonym 'Marie Duval'. Her work first appeared in a variety of the cheap British penny papers and comics of the 1860s -1880s, for urban working class people.

This exhibition at Guildhall Library is the first one dedicated solely to Duval's work as a nineteenth century pioneer of the art of comics. The exhibition and Archive have been produced by the University of Chester, in partnership with Guildhall Library, with the support of the British Library and the London Library. It is made possible by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The exhibition is inaccessible during afternoon talks.

Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


City of London Police Museum,

Guildhall Library Entrance, Aldermanbury, London, London, EC2V 7HH

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