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Humour smuggler punches preventive man 19th century cartoon Featured Charles Dickens Print

Humour smuggler punches preventive man 19th century cartoon

This is a cartoon etching by the well-known Victorian social caricaturist / cartoonist George Cruikshank (1792 - 1878), dated November 1st, 1829. (1829 is in the reign of William IV, but most of Cruikshank's artistic work was in the long reign of Queen Victoria.) Cruikshank went on to illustrate a number of the books of Charles Dickens. Title: Black Eyed Sue the bold smuggler - and Will Watch the look out man Speech bubble: I should like to catch you overhauling my pockets indeed!! - You calls yourself a preventive man don't you Mr. Dummy? Now I'll lay you a crown that you can't prevent me from giving you a good dab of the chops. Description: Cruikshank makes a play on the term preventive man'. The preventive men were watchers on the shore who looked to intercept smugglers. An on-line reference says the era of the preventive men began in 1831, but this joke pre-dates that by a couple of years. Designed Etched & Published by Geo. Cruikshank - Novr. 1st 1829 More cartoons by George Cruikshank

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Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, a pipe and began to smoke Featured Charles Dickens Print

Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge, a pipe and began to smoke

Vintage engraving of a scene from Charles Dickens novel Barnaby Rudge. Then seating himself, under a spreading honeysuckle, and stretching his legs across the threshold so that no person could pass in or out without his knowledge he took from his pocket a pipe, flint, steel and tinder-box, and began to smoke. Illustrated by Fred Barnard

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Golden Buildings, London, from Dickens David Copperfield (illustration) Featured Charles Dickens Print

Golden Buildings, London, from Dickens David Copperfield (illustration)

"Scanned directly from Old and New London - Its History, its people and its places, published by Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co. 1878. This illustration depicts Golden Buildings (the passage leading to the Fox under the Hill), Strand West which featured in David Copperfield.The Fox under the Hill Tavern was probably the scene of the wedding-breakfast after the marriage of Wemmick and Miss Skiffins. The area around the Adelphi, Strand was described by Dickens as follows: I was fond of wandering about the Adelphi, because it was a mysterious place with those dark arches. I see myself emerging one evening from some of those arches in a little public -house close to the river, with an open space before it, where some coal-heavers were dancing; to look at them I sat down on a bench.'"

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