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George Cruikshank

Born: London, 27 September 1792
Died: London, 1 February 1878
Nationality: English

son of artist Isaac Cruikshank


with father


worked for Hannah Humphrey, cartoonist James Gillray’s publisher

1810s – works as cartoonist with publisher William Hone

1820 – paid £100 from English royal treasury to refrain from caricaturing  George IV (King of England), but continues anyway

1823 – illustrates first English edition of Grimm’s fairytales (German Popular Stories)

1830s – illustrates Walter Scott’s Waverley novels; Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1831); Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist (1838) and Southey’s Life of Nelson (1830)

1853 – joins temperance movement; George Cruikshank’s Fairy Library published

Important Artworks: 

Bank Restriction Note, 1819 (Victoria & Albert Musuem, London)

The Bottle, 1847 (print series)
The Drunkard’s Children, 1848 (print series)