Edward Lytton Bulwer (1832)


Here we have Bulwer in an appropriate position, viewing his face, and reviewing his beard. With razor far keener than the edge of his "Siamese Twins", is he delicately mowing his chin; and, clothed in a "robe de nuit" far more flowing than the numbers of his "Milton, a Poem", looks with charmed eyes upon the scene before him, and exclaims, with all the rapture of a satisfied editor, "What a charming article! Worth any thing per sheet!" We have taken him just on the eve of publication, revising his last proof the moment before coming out.

He has himself, in an autobiography published some time ago in the "New Monthly", given us an ample history of his seed, breed, and generation. We are sorry to say that we have forgotten the genealogy [...]. The same history contained many other interesting particulars concerning the curl of his whiskers - which, by our plate it will be seen, are well put on - the peculiarity of his coat, the tournure of his countenance, and other matters, momentous to the general reader. L.E.L., however, in her "Romance and Reality", which we take shame to ourselves for not having hitherto reviewed, has so completely depictured him (we shall not say "con amore", lest that purely technical phrase should be construed literally), as having a high nose, relieved by an open mouth, a forehead of an especial shape, contrasted with a peculiar chin, &c. &c., that it would be useless to go over the concern any more.