19th Century

Penny Dreadful Illustrations: Edward the Black Prince (1854)

Pierce Egan the Younger (1814-1880)

Pierce Egan the Younger (1814-1880)

Pierce Egan the Younger (1814-1880) was like the George R. R. Martin of his day. He loved the medieval period, The son of the famous Regency writer, Pierce Egan, he authored a number of so-called penny dreadfuls, including:

  • Robin Hood and Little John; or, the Merrie Men of Sherwood Forest (1838-40).
  • Wat Tyler (1841).
  • Adam Bell, Clym o’ the Cleugh, and William of Cloudeslie (1842).
  • Paul Jones, the Privateer (1842).
  • The London Apprentice, and the Goldsmith’s Daughter of East Chepe (1854-56).
  • Edward the Black Prince; or, Feudal Days (1854-56).
  • Clifton Grey; or, Love and War, aTale of the Crimean War (1854-5).
  • Quintin Matsys (not dated but c.1850).

1His obsession with medieval outlaws and rebels such as Wat Tyler, Robin Hood, and Adam Bell seems surprising in view of the fact that his life was the model of Victorian respectability. Maybe he focused on rebels because he needed an outlet from the restraints that middle-class Victorian respectability placed upon male conduct in the mid-nineteenth century – who know?!?

His works are usually of epic length – Robin Hood and Little John numbers over 400,000 words! (and here I am panicking about getting an 80,000 word thesis together). The interesting thing about Egan, however, is that he drew all of his own illustrations for each novel, which was not the usual case with penny dreadful publishers.

Below are scans of all the pictures from my own edition of Egan’s Edward the Black Prince.


3

Visit of Queen Phillipa to Joan, Countess of Spain


4

An intercepted capture


6

The Combat


7

Journey to London


8

The swooning of Joan


9

Arrival at the Tabard Inn


11

The stirrup cup


10

Geoffrey Chaucer


12

The Tournament


13

Joan of Kent


14

Harold of the Weald


Interview between Joan and the Black Prince

Interview between Joan and the Black Prince


The tabard

The tabard


Rescue from a Dreadful Death

Rescue from a Dreadful Death


John Hawkwood

John Hawkwood


Encounter of the French and English Knights

Encounter of the French and English Knights


The Black Prince Knighted

The Black Prince Knighted


The Countess of Kent

The Countess of Kent


Sir Thomas Holland

Sir Thomas Holland


Boarding the Galleon

Boarding the Galleon


Final Decision

Final Decision


Harold and Dora

Harold and Dora


The Rivals

The Rivals


Edward the Black Prince

Edward the Black Prince


The Black Prince rescuing the Countess of Kent

The Black Prince rescuing the Countess of Kent


The Explanation

The Explanation


The Discovery

The Discovery


Death of Thomas Holland

Death of Thomas Holland


Entry into London

Entry into London


Reunion

Reunion


Harold

Harold


Pairing Off

Pairing Off

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