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"Pompous: A Display of Excessive Ego and Grandeur" In the realm of fictional detectives, Hercule Poirot stands tall as a prime example of pompousness

Background imagePompous Collection: Hercule Poirot

Hercule Poirot
HERCULE POIROT the Belgian detective, hero of many of Christies books

Background imagePompous Collection: Malvolio and the Countess, c1840, (c1915). Artist: Daniel Maclise

Malvolio and the Countess, c1840, (c1915). Artist: Daniel Maclise
Malvolio and the Countess, c1840, (c1915). Held by the Tate Modern, London. From International Art: Past and Present by Alfred Yockney. [Virtue & Company, London, c1915]

Background imagePompous Collection: Illustrations of the War in Denmark: barrack life of Danish soldiers: Sunday afternoon, 1864

Illustrations of the War in Denmark: barrack life of Danish soldiers: Sunday afternoon, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Illustrations of the War in Denmark: barrack life of Danish soldiers: Sunday afternoon, 1864. Engraving...illustrating the barrack life of the Danish soldiers at Sundsmark, in the Isle of Alsen

Background imagePompous Collection: Kristian Zahrtmann, the Danish Painter, 1896. Creator: Johan Rohde

Kristian Zahrtmann, the Danish Painter, 1896. Creator: Johan Rohde
Kristian Zahrtmann, the Danish Painter, 1896

Background imagePompous Collection: Karl III Wilhelm (1679-1738) Margrave of Baden-Durlach, 1696. Creator: Anon

Karl III Wilhelm (1679-1738) Margrave of Baden-Durlach, 1696. Creator: Anon
Karl III Wilhelm (1679-1738) Margrave of Baden-Durlach, 1696

Background imagePompous Collection: Un Prix de Poësie, 1845. Creator: Honore Daumier

Un Prix de Poësie, 1845. Creator: Honore Daumier
Un Prix de Poesie, 1845. M. le directeur de l'Academie, avec une emotion analogue a la circonstance, couronne un nourrisson des muses qui, depuis cinquante trois ans

Background imagePompous Collection: Patrons of the Aalmoezeniersweeshuis Orphanage in Amsterdam, 1729, 1729. Creator: Cornelis Troost

Patrons of the Aalmoezeniersweeshuis Orphanage in Amsterdam, 1729, 1729. Creator: Cornelis Troost
Patrons of the Aalmoezeniersweeshuis Orphanage in Amsterdam, 1729, 1729. Other Title(s): Regents of the Aalmoezeniersweeshuis Orphanage in Amsterdam, 1729

Background imagePompous Collection: Inspectors of the Collegium Medicum in Amsterdam, 1724, 1724. Creator: Cornelis Troost

Inspectors of the Collegium Medicum in Amsterdam, 1724, 1724. Creator: Cornelis Troost
Inspectors of the Collegium Medicum in Amsterdam, 1724, 1724

Background imagePompous Collection: Sur l'Imperiale, 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier

Sur l'Imperiale, 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier
Sur l'Imperiale, 19th century. Voir a ses pieds grouiller la fourmilliere humaine'. Haughty passengers looking down on pedestrians

Background imagePompous Collection: Ayant terminé leurs travaux... 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier

Ayant terminé leurs travaux... 19th century. Creator: Honore Daumier
Ayant termine leurs travaux... 19th century. Scene from peace congress: Ayant termine leurs travaux, et ayant, par trois journees de discours definitivement assure la paix du monde

Background imagePompous Collection: Portrait de deux échevins en fonction en 1702 : Hugues Desnotz, à droite, et un inconnu... 1702

Portrait de deux échevins en fonction en 1702 : Hugues Desnotz, à droite, et un inconnu... 1702
Portrait de deux echevins en fonction en 1702 : Hugues Desnotz, a droite, et un inconnu, suppose Boutet, a gauche (fragment), 1702

Background imagePompous Collection: Malcolm Hamilton of Hageby, 1682. Creator: School of David Klocker Ehrenstrahl

Malcolm Hamilton of Hageby, 1682. Creator: School of David Klocker Ehrenstrahl
Malcolm Hamilton of Hageby, 1682. Oval bust, portrait of Malcolm Hamilton of Hageby with dark long wig. Wearing armor with draped blue cloth

Background imagePompous Collection: Fifty Weeks Labour and Fourteen Days Swank!

Fifty Weeks Labour and Fourteen Days Swank!
Comic postcard - Fifty Weeks Labour... and Fourteen Days Swank! Date: 1930

Background imagePompous Collection: Dockery, Peter, between 1860 and 1870. Creator: Unknown

Dockery, Peter, between 1860 and 1870. Creator: Unknown
Dockery, Peter, between 1860 and 1870

Background imagePompous Collection: The Way of Life, illustration from The Book of Old English Songs and Ballads

The Way of Life, illustration from The Book of Old English Songs and Ballads, published by Hodder and Stoughton, c
IL314819 The Way of Life, illustration from The Book of Old English Songs and Ballads, published by Hodder and Stoughton, c.1910 (colour litho) by Fortescue-Brickdale

Background imagePompous Collection: The Pomp of Pausanias, illustration from Hutchinsons History of the Nations, 1915 (litho)

The Pomp of Pausanias, illustration from Hutchinsons History of the Nations, 1915 (litho)
IL322110 The Pomp of Pausanias, illustration from Hutchinsons History of the Nations, 1915 (litho) by Stewart, Allan (1865-1951); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePompous Collection: The pomp of Pausanias, illustration from Hutchinsons History of the Nations, 1915 (litho)

The pomp of Pausanias, illustration from Hutchinsons History of the Nations, 1915 (litho)
STC373494 The pomp of Pausanias, illustration from Hutchinsons History of the Nations, 1915 (litho) by Stewart, Allan (1865-1951); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePompous Collection: Costume design for Don Bartolo, from The Marriage of Figaro

Costume design for Don Bartolo, from The Marriage of Figaro
GIA938513 Costume design for Don Bartolo, from The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1905 (colour litho) by Caramba

Background imagePompous Collection: Le Grand Seigneur (oil on copper)

Le Grand Seigneur (oil on copper)
2636925 Le Grand Seigneur (oil on copper) by Vanmour, Jean Baptiste (1671-1737); 30.5x20.8 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; French, out of copyright

Background imagePompous Collection: Punch cartoon: A Shrewd Asnwer - Victorian Sunday school scene (engraving)

Punch cartoon: A Shrewd Asnwer - Victorian Sunday school scene (engraving)
6034773 Punch cartoon: A Shrewd Asnwer - Victorian Sunday school scene (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Punch cartoon)

Background imagePompous Collection: 'They spring, they bud, they blossome fresh and faire, and decke the world with their rich pompous

"They spring, they bud, they blossome fresh and faire, and decke the world with their rich pompous showes"
6023990 " They spring, they bud, they blossome fresh and faire, and decke the world with their rich pompous showes" (colour litho) by Nixon

Background imagePompous Collection: A Plate of Cakes, (oil on panel)

A Plate of Cakes, (oil on panel)
1197592 A Plate of Cakes, (oil on panel) by Vibert, Jean or Jehan Georges (1840-1902); 81.3x66. cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; French, out of copyright

Background imagePompous Collection: The Kettle Hooting the Porridge-Pot, published by P. J. Leatherhead in 1782

The Kettle Hooting the Porridge-Pot, published by P. J. Leatherhead in 1782
NCO191214 The Kettle Hooting the Porridge-Pot, published by P.J. Leatherhead in 1782 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815)

Background imagePompous Collection: Old Mr. Turveydrop, from Bleak House, 1923 (colour litho)

Old Mr. Turveydrop, from Bleak House, 1923 (colour litho)
KDC465780 Old Mr. Turveydrop, from Bleak House, 1923 (colour litho) by Clarke, Joseph Clayton (Kyd) (1856-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: Old Mr Turveydrop)

Background imagePompous Collection: My name is George Nathaniel Curzon, I am a most superior person (litho)

My name is George Nathaniel Curzon, I am a most superior person (litho)
PNP314574 My name is George Nathaniel Curzon, I am a most superior person (litho) by English School; Private Collection; (add.info.: George Nathaniel Curzon)

Background imagePompous Collection: Inauguration of a Monument, 1905 (oil on canvas)

Inauguration of a Monument, 1905 (oil on canvas)
CHT293664 Inauguration of a Monument, 1905 (oil on canvas) by Guillaume, Albert (1873-1942); Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; eArchives Charmet; French, out of copyright

Background imagePompous Collection: A Prince of the Old School, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1800 (hand-coloured etching)

A Prince of the Old School, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1800 (hand-coloured etching)
NCO190100 A Prince of the Old School, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1800 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College

Background imagePompous Collection: Man in a white silk waistcoat, c. 1745-50 (oil on canvas)

Man in a white silk waistcoat, c. 1745-50 (oil on canvas)
HEH416370 Man in a white silk waistcoat, c.1745-50 (oil on canvas) by Highmore, Joseph (1692-1780); 127x101.6 cm; Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA

Background imagePompous Collection: Mr. Bumble, illustration from Character Sketches from Charles Dickens, c. 1890 (colour litho)

Mr. Bumble, illustration from Character Sketches from Charles Dickens, c. 1890 (colour litho)
LLM405145 Mr. Bumble, illustration from Character Sketches from Charles Dickens, c.1890 (colour litho) by Clarke, Joseph Clayton (Kyd) (1856-1937); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePompous Collection: Caricature of Charles-Guillaume Etienne (bronze)

Caricature of Charles-Guillaume Etienne (bronze)
JEB2657759 Caricature of Charles-Guillaume Etienne (bronze) by Daumier, Honore (1808-79); height: 16 cm; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Marseille, France; eJean Bernard; French, out of copyright

Background imagePompous Collection: Georgey Porgey the Firstgoing out for a ride in his State Coachy Pachy

Georgey Porgey the Firstgoing out for a ride in his State Coachy Pachy
3075741 Georgey Porgey the Firstgoing out for a ride in his State Coachy Pachy, from The Comic History of England, pub. 1864 (hand coloured etching) by Leech

Background imagePompous Collection: A Runaway Knock, (oil on paper on canvas)

A Runaway Knock, (oil on paper on canvas)
827244 A Runaway Knock, (oil on paper on canvas) by Cruikshank, George (1792-1878); 58.7x48.3 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: A Runaway Knock. George Cruikshank (1792-1878)

Background imagePompous Collection: The Kettle Hooting the Porridge-Pot, pub. 1782 (hand coloured engraving)

The Kettle Hooting the Porridge-Pot, pub. 1782 (hand coloured engraving)
2962470 The Kettle Hooting the Porridge-Pot, pub. 1782 (hand coloured engraving) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePompous Collection: Mr Dombey, from Dombey & Son, by Charles Dickens, 1923 (colour litho)

Mr Dombey, from Dombey & Son, by Charles Dickens, 1923 (colour litho)
KDC465775 Mr Dombey, from Dombey & Son, by Charles Dickens, 1923 (colour litho) by Clarke, Joseph Clayton (Kyd) (1856-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mr Paul Dombey)

Background imagePompous Collection: The Young Man who is the Hope and Pride of the Badinguet Family

The Young Man who is the Hope and Pride of the Badinguet Family
CHT167959 The Young Man who is the Hope and Pride of the Badinguet Family, from Les Bons Bourgeois, c.1835-40 (colour litho) by Daumier, Honore (1808-79); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Background imagePompous Collection: The Impeachment, or The Father of the Gang turned Kings Evidence

The Impeachment, or The Father of the Gang turned Kings Evidence
NCO190433 The Impeachment, or The Father of the Gang turned Kings Evidence, published by S.W. Fores in 1791 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray

Background imagePompous Collection: A Man of Importance, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1799 (hand-coloured etching)

A Man of Importance, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1799 (hand-coloured etching)
NCO189774 A Man of Importance, published by Hannah Humphrey in 1799 (hand-coloured etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College, Oxford; English

Background imagePompous Collection: Tale of a Dog (engraving)

Tale of a Dog (engraving)
1062424 Tale of a Dog (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Tale of a Dog. Illustration for The Graphic)

Background imagePompous Collection: Portrait, called James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose (d

Portrait, called James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose (d
6198564 Portrait, called James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose (d.1650), 17th century (oil on canvas) by Honthorst, Gerrit van (1590-1656) (manner of); 127x102.9 cm; The McManus, Dundee

Background imagePompous Collection: A Rowing Type, caricature of Edward VII (1841-1910) 1880 (w / c on paper)

A Rowing Type, caricature of Edward VII (1841-1910) 1880 (w / c on paper)
WSG91391 A Rowing Type, caricature of Edward VII (1841-1910) 1880 (w/c on paper) by Manby, F.H. (fl.1880); 26.6x19 cm; Private Collection; Wingfield Sporting Gallery, London, UK; English

Background imagePompous Collection: Mr. Chadband, from Bleak House, 1923 (colour litho)

Mr. Chadband, from Bleak House, 1923 (colour litho)
KDC465777 Mr. Chadband, from Bleak House, 1923 (colour litho) by Clarke, Joseph Clayton (Kyd) (1856-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: Typical Dickensian hypocritical cleric)

Background imagePompous Collection: Mr. Bumble, from Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, 1923 (colour litho)

Mr. Bumble, from Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, 1923 (colour litho)
KDC465736 Mr. Bumble, from Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens, 1923 (colour litho) by Clarke, Joseph Clayton (Kyd) (1856-1937); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePompous Collection: Self Portrait (oil on panel)

Self Portrait (oil on panel)
SCP50038 Self Portrait (oil on panel) by Appiani, Andrea the Elder (1754-1817); 49.5x37.5 cm; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany

Background imagePompous Collection: Lord Curzon, cartoon from the Struwwelpeter Alphabet, 1900 (colour litho)

Lord Curzon, cartoon from the Struwwelpeter Alphabet, 1900 (colour litho)
PNP314575 Lord Curzon, cartoon from the Struwwelpeter Alphabet, 1900 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: George Nathaniel Curzon)

Background imagePompous Collection: DANDY / MACARONI 1773

DANDY / MACARONI 1773
MACARONI A rather shallow-looking and irritating young man, known as a Macaroni smirking and supressing a giggle. Date: circa 1773

Background imagePompous Collection: Procession of a Country Corporation, August 12, 1799. August 12, 1799

Procession of a Country Corporation, August 12, 1799. August 12, 1799
Procession of a Country Corporation, August 12, 1799

Background imagePompous Collection: Jean d Albon de Saint-Andre (1472-1549). Creator: Corneille de Lyon

Jean d Albon de Saint-Andre (1472-1549). Creator: Corneille de Lyon
Jean d Albon de Saint-Andre (1472-1549). Governor of Lyon



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"Pompous: A Display of Excessive Ego and Grandeur" In the realm of fictional detectives, Hercule Poirot stands tall as a prime example of pompousness. With his meticulous mustache and air of superiority, he solves crimes with an unwavering confidence that borders on arrogance. But Poirot is not alone in this grandiose display. Take Malvolio and the Countess from c1840; their extravagant costumes and haughty expressions reveal their inflated sense of self-importance. Similarly, the Pharisee and Publican depict religious figures consumed by pride, showcasing how even piety can become tainted by pomposity. Moving beyond individuals, we find societal examples as well. "Fifty Weeks Labour. . and Fourteen Days Swank. " captures the stark contrast between hard work and ostentatious showmanship. This sentiment extends to Qui Hi's Last March to Padree Burrows's Go Down - a satirical illustration highlighting the absurdity of colonial officials parading through Nairobi with excessive pomp. Yet, it is not only satire that exposes pompous behavior; historical events also shed light on this human flaw. The lithograph "Slavery and Freedom. " portrays the stark juxtaposition between oppressors reveling in their power while others yearn for liberation. Even in art forms like music or theater, pomposity finds its way onto center stage. In Peter Dockery's portrait from 1860-1870 titled "The Way of Life, " we witness performers adorned in elaborate costumes embodying characters who exude exaggerated self-importance. Lastly, let us not forget Don Bartolo's costume design from "The Marriage of Figaro. " This flamboyant attire epitomizes theatrical extravagance while reflecting society's obsession with outward appearances rather than true substance. Whether it be through literature or history or artistic expression, our world has been filled with instances of pompousness.