Richard Doyle, an English artist, born in London in 1826. From his father, John Doyle, an able political caricaturist, he inherited a taste for humorous illustration, and a few years after the establishment of "Punch" became known to the public by his designs published in that paper. His political caricatures are singularly free from direct personalities, but his humorous illustrations of London life afford the best examples of his harmless wit and graceful fancy. The series entitled "Manners and Customs of yeEnglyshe," though ostensibly caricatures, are in fact sketches of the everyday life of the people. The "Continental Tour of Messrs. Brown, Jones, and Robinson" is a somewhat exaggerated view of the lights and shadows of travel on the continent. In 1850, taking umbrage at the very severe attacks of "Punch" upon the Roman Catholic hierarchy, Doyle severed his connection with that paper, since which time he has employed his pencil chiefly in illustrating books of fairy tales and similar publications, including " The Fairy Ring," "Fairy Tales from all Nations," Leigh Hunt's "Jar of Honey," Ruskin's "King of the Golden River," etc.
He also illustrated "The Newcomes" of Thackeray. In 1869 he published a Christmas book entitled " In Fairy Land: Pictures from the Elf World."