Joseph Hall, "The Characterism
of the Ambitious," in Characters of Vertues and Vices in Two Bookes (London: Eleazar Edgar and Samuel Macham, 1608), 155.
She chooses the relatively neutral system of an alphabetized dictionary, unlike Mary Pilkington or the anonymous author of Characterism, or the Modern Age display'd (1750), both of whom didactically arranged their work according to character types.
Compare this work with Characterism, or the Modern Age Display'd: Being an Attempt to Expose the Pretended Virtues of Both Sexes; with a Poetical Essay on Each Character.
The New York City Comic Book Museum is collaborating with Brooklyn's Williamsburg Art and Historical Center on their upcoming exhibit, CHARACTERISM.
Thus a comparison can be made between these artists who have chosen direct expression of character creation through comic illustration and their counterparts in the fine arts as seen in CHARACTERISM, who expand and reinterpret this comic book culture.
Original comic book art in the NYCCBM collection on display in the CHARACTERISM exhibit includes:
Everyone said I had her mannerisms and characterisms
,' she says.