I always wanted to make a Victorian-era themed picture, but the idea always got tossed aside for specific reasons. Reasons like not knowing how to draw.
As for this character, there's not much of a backstory other than he is a Brazilian born doctor who served as a surgeon during the Paraguayan war, then migrated to England.
I'd imagine him as some sort of secondary antagonist, maybe the right hand of an arch villain. You know, the guy who tortures the main hero for the whereabouts of the damsel ... or something.
The shading was much softer at first, but it looked quite off with the thick, cartoony outlines, so I simplified them, giving the whole thing a more cel-shaded look.
I'm afraid I added too many filters this time ...
I hope you'll enjoy it! C: