Marie Duval

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Isabelle Émilie de Tessier (Paris, 1847 – 1890[1]) who worked under the pseudonym Marie Duval, was a French cartoonist, known as co-creator of the seminal cartoon character Ally Sloper.[2][3][4]


As co-creator of Ally Sloper with her husband Charles Henry Ross, Tessier was one of the first female cartoonists in Europe, and one of four female contributors to the British satirical magazine Fun edited by Ross. In addition to the Ally Sloper comic strips, Duval produced numerous spot illustrations, cartoons and full page comic strips for the magazine during the mid-nineteenth century. When the Ally Sloper character was given his own magazine, Duval's comic strips were reprinted without her signature.[5]

Duval was also an actress in the English theatre and the author of Queens and Kings and Other Things (1874), a collection of illustrated nonsense verse published under the pseudonym of Princess Hesse Schwartzbourg.


  1. ^ Clayton,Ellen English Female Artists, Tinsley 1876
  2. ^ Kunzle, David (Summer 1986). "Marie Duval: A Caricaturist Rediscovered". Woman's Art Journal. JSTOR. 
  3. ^ Marysa L. Brake Dictionary of nineteenth-century journalism: in Great Britain and ... Demoor - 2009 Page 41 "Ross had worked with his wife, the cartoonist*, Isabelle Emily de Tessier* ('Marie Duval'), in taking the Ally Sloper idea from an occasional presence in Judy to establishing both Sloper's complex comic persona and elaborating a variety of ..."
  4. ^ Roger Savin - Adult comics: an introduction 1993 "For example, the inker for the original 'Ally Sloper' strip in Judy (and possibly occasionally the artist as well) was Emily de Tessier, working under the pseudonym Marie Duvall, the wife of Sloper's creator Charles Ross. Her work was regularly "
  5. ^ Daniel Fondanèche Paralittératures 2005 Page 449 "Ce n'est que le 3 mai 1884 qu'Ally Sloper devient un personnage permanent de la revue Judy grâce à la plume de l'ancienne actrice Isabelle Émilie de Tessier, conjointe de l'anglais Charles Ross et qui signe ses œuvres du pseudonyme de .. "


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