Illustrations for Fraser's Magazine

Portrait of William Makepeace Thackeray from William Bates, 'The Maclise Portrait Gallery of Illustrious Literary Characters', 1883

Portrait of William Makepeace Thackeray by Daniel Maclise

From The Maclise Portrait Gallery of Illustrious Literary Characters with Memoirs by William Bates

London: Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1883

Available in NGI Library Special Collections: 709.415MAC

Maclise produced eighty-one illustrations for the satirical journal Fraser’s Magazine between 1830 and 1838. The editor of the magazine was Cork-born William Maginn, and other contributors included Thomas Crofton Croker and William Makepeace Thackeray. The contributors, who used noms des plume, formed a group called the Fraserian Circle. Maclise, who contributed under the pen name Alfred Croquis, produced many portraits of young literary figures which were accompanied by satirical biographies written by Maginn.

The portraits were later compiled by William Bates into a book called The Maclise Portrait Gallery of Illustrious Literary Characters with Memoirs (1883).