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Cruikshank Collection

George Cruikshank was a renowned British artist and illustrator who lived from 1792 to 1878

Background imageCruikshank Collection: The Examination of a Young Surgeon. Satirical etching, 1811, by George Cruikshank

The Examination of a Young Surgeon. Satirical etching, 1811, by George Cruikshank
CARTOON: SURGEONS, 1811. The Examination of a Young Surgeon. Satirical etching, 1811, by George Cruikshank

Background imageCruikshank Collection: London going out of town -- the expansion of London

London going out of town -- the expansion of London
London going out of town, or, The March of Bricks & Mortar -- Cruikshanks cartoon comment on the expansion of London

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Egan / Life in London / 1821

Egan / Life in London / 1821
FENCING: Jerrys admiration of Tom in an assault with Mr. O Shaunessy at the rooms in St. Jamess Street

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Raining cats and dogs

Raining cats and dogs. Historical artwork of cats, dogs and pitchforks raining down on people in a town street. The saying raining cats and dogs is used when referring to a heavy downpour of rain

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Mr Punch and Toby

Mr Punch and Toby
Punch and Toby

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Chess (Cruikshank)

Chess (Cruikshank)
A GAME OF CHESS - two wigged gentlemen play, two friends watch them with mixed emotions : each of the four displays a different facial expression

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Punch, Judy, Baby

Punch, Judy, Baby
Punch, Judy and the baby

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Dick Dock, or the Lobster and Crab, 1806

Dick Dock, or the Lobster and Crab, 1806. Scene outside an alehouse by the River Thames. A Greenwich Pensioner with a wooden leg takes the hand of a soldier

Background imageCruikshank Collection: The Court at Brighton a La Chinese - 1816 by George Cruikshank (1792-1878) British

The Court at Brighton a La Chinese - 1816 by George Cruikshank (1792-1878) British Museum This painting satirises the Prince Regents passion for Chinoiserie which culminated in the building of

Background imageCruikshank Collection: GUY FAWKES (1570-1606). English conspirator. Guy Fawkes laying the train of gunpowder under

GUY FAWKES (1570-1606). English conspirator. Guy Fawkes laying the train of gunpowder under the House of Lords in London, England, November 1605. Etching by George Cruikshank, 19th century

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Wrapper design, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Wrapper design, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Wrapper design, first monthly instalment of the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, with illustrations by George Cruikshank, dated January 1846. 1846

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Napoleon Bonaparte crowning himself Emperor

Napoleon Bonaparte crowning himself Emperor of France at Notre Dame, 1804. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by George Cruikshank from The Life of Napoleon a Hudibrastic Poem by Doctor Syntax, T

Background imageCruikshank Collection: A man outside Brookss Club, London, 1815. Artist: George Cruikshank

A man outside Brookss Club, London, 1815. Artist: George Cruikshank
A man outside Brookss Club, London, 1815. Behold at Brookss step-nay! I ll be bound to say a figure such as this you ll see there every day

Background imageCruikshank Collection: A whist-er at Boodles - or a choice peice [sic] of double milled Yorkshire broad cloth, 1820

A whist-er at Boodles - or a choice peice [sic] of double milled Yorkshire broad cloth, 1820. A very obese man in profile is about to step into Boodles club, Pall Mall

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Jullien / Cruikshank / 1852

Jullien / Cruikshank / 1852
LOUIS-ANTOINE JULLIEN Satire on the popularity of the French musician and the concerts which he conducted in Britain from 1840 to 1859

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Herne / Cruikshank

Herne / Cruikshank
HERNE THE HUNTER Herne the Hunter plunges into the lake

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Her Majesty Queen Victorias First Entry into Brighton Oct

Her Majesty Queen Victorias First Entry into Brighton Oct
985719 Her Majesty Queen Victorias First Entry into Brighton Oct. 4th 1837, 1837 (watercolour, pen and ink, pencil) by Cruikshank

Background imageCruikshank Collection: The national pop-shop in Threadneedle Street, 1826. Artist

The national pop-shop in Threadneedle Street, 1826. Artist
The national pop-shop in Threadneedle Street, 1826. Two designs side by side. On the left is the exterior of a pawnshop (representing the Bank of England) and on the right is the interior

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Swearing at Highgate, 1796. Artist: Isaac Cruikshank

Swearing at Highgate, 1796. Artist: Isaac Cruikshank
Swearing at Highgate, 1796. A scene outside the Horns Tavern. A portly man is taking an oath before the innkeeper while another man holds a pair of antlers over his head

Background imageCruikshank Collection: The difference between law and justice, 1809. Artist: Isaac Cruikshank

The difference between law and justice, 1809. Artist: Isaac Cruikshank
The difference between law and justice, 1809; showing the Lord Mayor, John Atkins, using the City sword to prod the posterior of a visitor who leaps over the parapet of Mansion House

Background imageCruikshank Collection: The Bottle, 1847. Artist: George Cruikshank

The Bottle, 1847. Artist: George Cruikshank
The Bottle, 1847; showing an interior domestic scene with the father sitting in front of the fire smoking having been discharged from his employment because of his drunkeness

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Passing events, or the tail of the comet of 1853. Artist: George Cruikshank

Passing events, or the tail of the comet of 1853. Artist: George Cruikshank
Passing events, or the tail of the comet of 1853 ; showing the comet with a grinning face passing beneath the sun, with the tail containing depictions of national events during 1853

Background imageCruikshank Collection: The Inconveniences of a Crowded Drawing Room, 1818. Artist: Cruikshank, George (1792-1878)

The Inconveniences of a Crowded Drawing Room, 1818. Artist: Cruikshank, George (1792-1878)
The Inconveniences of a Crowded Drawing Room, 1818. Found in the collection of British Museum

Background imageCruikshank Collection: St. Swithin Patron Saint of Umbrella Makers, 1829. Artist: George Cruikshank

St. Swithin Patron Saint of Umbrella Makers, 1829. Artist: George Cruikshank
St. Swithin Patron Saint of Umbrella Makers, 1829. From Scraps & Sketches by George Cruikshank. [George Cruikshank, London, 1829]

Background imageCruikshank Collection: The Parish Engine, c1900. Artist: George Cruikshank

The Parish Engine, c1900. Artist: George Cruikshank
The Parish Engine, c1900. An illustration for Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens. From Hard Times and Sketches by Boz, Volume XI, by Charles Dickens. [Blackwood, Le Bas & Co. London, c1900]

Background imageCruikshank Collection: The Stone Kitchen, 1840. Artist: George Cruikshank

The Stone Kitchen, 1840. Artist: George Cruikshank
The Stone Kitchen, 1840. A print from The Tower of London a Historical Romance, by William Harrison Ainsworth. (London, 1840)

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Randulph and Hilda dancing in the Rotunda at Ranelagh Gardens, (1842), 1903

Randulph and Hilda dancing in the Rotunda at Ranelagh Gardens, (1842), 1903
Randulph and Hilda dancing in the Rotunda at Ranelagh Gardens (a correct view of the place), 1842. The Misers Daughter: 12/20, Randulph and Hilda dancing in the Rotunda in Ranelagh Gardens

Background imageCruikshank Collection: GUY FAWKES (1570-1606). English conspirator

GUY FAWKES (1570-1606). English conspirator. Guy Fawkes laying the train of gunpowder under the House of Lords, November 1605. Etching by George Cruikshank, 19th century

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Cruikshank / Bowling Alley

Cruikshank / Bowling Alley
The bowling alley at Worcester

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Merry making on the regents birth day, 1812, Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, etcher

Merry making on the regents birth day, 1812, Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, etcher, 1812, George, the Prince Regent, dancing

Background imageCruikshank Collection: The Logierian system, or unveiling the new light to ye musical world

The Logierian system, or unveiling the new light to ye musical world. With the discovery of a general thoro base [altered to bass]discord in the old school, Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, Logier

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Pregnant nun Sister Jean sitting in her convent cell

Pregnant nun Sister Jean sitting in her convent cell, her habit open to reveal her breasts. A picture of Saint Martha on the wall. Soeur Jeanne

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Napoleon Bonaparte and the Red Man, 1815

Napoleon Bonaparte and the Red Man, 1815
Napoleon Bonaparte and the Red Man (the Devil), 1815. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by George Cruikshank from The Life of Napoleon a Hudibrastic Poem by Doctor Syntax, T. Tegg, London, 1815

Background imageCruikshank Collection: The Gin Palace, c1900. Artist: George Cruikshank

The Gin Palace, c1900. Artist: George Cruikshank
The Gin Palace, c1900. An illustration for Hard Times by Charles Dickens. From Hard Times and Sketches by Boz, Volume XI, by Charles Dickens. [Blackwood, Le Bas & Co. London, c1900]

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Skeleton of death aiming a dart at a corpulent man

Skeleton of death aiming a dart at a corpulent man raising a glass and waving his wig. Death and the Drunkard. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Joshua Gleadah after an illustration by Benedictus

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Napoleon Bonaparte watching the Fire of Moscow, 1812

Napoleon Bonaparte watching the Fire of Moscow, 1812
Napoleon Bonaparte watching the Fire of Moscow after the Battle of Borodino, 1812. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by George Cruikshank from The Life of Napoleon a Hudibrastic Poem by Doctor

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Napoleon Bonaparte meeting Tsar Alexander

Napoleon Bonaparte meeting Tsar Alexander
Napoleon Bonaparte meeting Russian Tsar Alexander on a raft in the middle of the Neman River, for the Treaty of Tilsit, 1807

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Hieroglyphic Letter Written By George Cruikshank To Mr. Parry. George Cruikshank, 1792

Hieroglyphic Letter Written By George Cruikshank To Mr. Parry. George Cruikshank, 1792

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Corporal Punishment, 1829. Artist: George Cruikshank

Corporal Punishment, 1829. Artist: George Cruikshank
Corporal Punishment, 1829. From Scraps & Sketches by George Cruikshank. [George Cruikshank, London, 1829]

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Temperance The bottle 4

Temperance The bottle 4

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Temperance The bottle 3

Temperance The bottle 3

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Temperance The Bottle 7

Temperance The Bottle 7

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Temperance The Bottle 8

Temperance The Bottle 8

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Temperance The bottle 2

Temperance The bottle 2

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Temperance The Bottle 6

Temperance The Bottle 6

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Temperance The Bottle 5

Temperance The Bottle 5

Background imageCruikshank Collection: The Bottle - A temperance story written by George Cruikshank

The Bottle - A temperance story written by George Cruikshank published in 1847 - taken from magic lantern slides - Slide No. 1

Background imageCruikshank Collection: Young Joseph Grimaldi going to visit his godfather

Young Joseph Grimaldi going to visit his godfather Date: circa 1780s



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George Cruikshank was a renowned British artist and illustrator who lived from 1792 to 1878. His works captured the essence of London's transformation during the expansion of the city in the early 19th century. Through his vivid illustrations, he depicted scenes ranging from London going out of town to raining cats and dogs. One of Cruikshank's notable contributions was his collaboration with Pierce Egan on "Life in London" in 1821. This publication showcased various aspects of urban life, including chess games where Cruikshank's artistic prowess shone through, and is famous for his portrayal of iconic characters such as Punch, Judy, and Baby. Mr Punch and Toby became beloved figures that entertained audiences with their mischievous antics. In addition to capturing daily life, it also delved into political satire. His work titled "The Court at Brighton a La Chinese - 1816" humorously depicted Napoleon Bonaparte crowning himself Emperor while poking fun at societal norms. Furthermore, Cruikshank showcased his talent through satirical etchings like "The Examination of a Young Surgeon" in 1811. These pieces provided social commentary on various issues prevalent during that time. His versatility extended beyond illustrations as he designed wrappers for Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist. The wrapper design added an extra layer of visual appeal to Dickens' timeless story. Cruikshank even commemorated historical events such as Her Majesty Queen Victoria's First Entry into Brighton in October (year not specified). His artwork immortalized this significant moment in British history for future generations to appreciate. Throughout his career, George Cruikshank left an indelible mark on art and illustration with his unique style and ability to capture both everyday life and extraordinary events alike.