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Original Cruikshank etchings over 200 years old, with original hand-colouring

Eccentric Excursions or, Literary & Pictorial Sketches of Countenance, Character & Country in different parts of England & South Wales

Etchings by Isaac Cruikshank from designs by George M. Woodward

Published by Allen & Co., London: 1796-1801

Sheet size: approximately 7.5 x 10.25 inches

Isaac Robert (1786-1856)

Caricaturist, illustrator and miniature painter.

He was born in 1786, the eldest son of Isaac Cruikshank and brother of George Cruikshank, Sr. (q.v.). He served as midshipman with the East India Company until 1814, setting up as a miniature painter in London and changing to etching and caricatures in 1816. Between then and 1825 he attained almost as wide a popularity as his brother, issuing caricatures on the follies of fashion, the foibles of military life and those of the stage.

He achieved great success with the illustrations for Life in London, the book adapted from the play  which he had himself designed at the Adephi Theatre. He also provided lively and well-executed illustrations for The English Spy, but after the 1820s he dropped out of favour and published slovenly uneven work. Everitt considers that the new forms of caricature adopted by JB and others killed his not very original talent.

He died in poverty, 13 March, 1856.

 

George, Sr.

Artist, etcher and polemicist on temperance, caricaturist.

Born at Duke Street, Bloomsbury, on 27 September, 1792, the second son of the caricaturist, Isaac Cruikshank. He worked with his father from an early age, engraving lottery tickets and chapbooks, his first published design appearing in 1806.

From his father's death in about 1810, he developed as the foremost political caricaturist of the Regency, both spiritually and physically taking over the place of the insane Gillray at Mrs. Humphrey's establishment. As early as 1820 when the caricature boom was still at its zenith, Cruikshank had begun contributing to ephemeral journals like The Wits' Magazine and was establishing himself as a book illustrator.

His first major work in this medium was the Regency best-seller Life in London, by Pierce Egan. This was followed by similar publications, including Life in Paris, and then a number of smaller books which became little more than vehicles for his own lively drawings. By the 1830s he was the leading illustrator and was engaged on works by Charles Dickens, Harrison Ainsworth and Sir Walter Scott. At the same time yearly almanacks were issued from 1835 to 1853 under the artist's name and these were succeeded by George Cruikshank's Magazine, 1853-1854.

Cruikshank's conversion to the teetotal cause in the late 1840s gave him fresh zest for life at exactly the moment when his fame was starting to diminish. The next thirty years witnessed an incredible activity from his pen, mostly for the Temperence League and including his mammoth The Worship of Bacchus, the vast unmanageable canvas which took him three years to complete and is now relegated to the cellars of The Tate Gallery. This frenzied picture, with its hundreds of tiny figure groups in various stages of dissipation says a great deal about the artist. Strongly inventive and with a keen eye for the absurd and the pathetic, he had delusions of grandeur which were unsuited to his small scale genius. Although Ruskin gave him fulsome praise for his children's books, the vigour of his line and bombast of his humour belonged to the 18th century rather than the 19th.

Cruikshank died at Mornington Crescent on 1 February, 1878 and was buried at Kensai Green; his body was later removed to St. Paul's at the instigation of the temperance lobby rather than for his acknowledged importance as an artist.

Finished drawings by the artist are rare, the most common items met with are pencil studies in small scale on white paper, the major figures drawn over n ink in preparation for the completed work.

George, Jr. (1866-1894)

Son of George Cruikshank (q.v.). His drawings are very weak imitations of his father, he contributed to magazines in the 1870s and 1880s and usually signs George Cruikshank Junior.

[The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists, 1800-1914 by Simon Houfe.]

New River Head, Islington
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PLATE 10
New River Head, Islington
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby, some foxing present
$150
Islington Characters
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PLATE 11
Islington Characters
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby, some foxing present
$125
Stage Coach Passengers
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PLATE 45
Stage Coach Passengers passing Wooburn Sands
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby, some foxing present, repair to lower left corner
$125
Supper Room at Newbury
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PLATE 23
The Guard telling his Passengers that all is in Readiness for their Departure
[Supper Room at Newbury]
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby, some foxing present, left margin very close at bottom, no publishers attribution (as issued?)
Climbing the Hill at Lincoln
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PLATE 74
Climbing the Hill at Lincoln
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby margins, left edge trimmed, very minor foxing
$125
Ancient and Modern Armour Contrasted
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PLATE 73
Ancient and Modern Armour Contrasted
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby margins
Returning from a Rout on a Rainy Night
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PLATE 83
Returning from a Rout on a Rainy Night
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby margins, paper loss lower left image, poorly repaired tear lower image (sticky tape on back of print)
 
The Effects of rough Pavements to tender-footed Passengers
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PLATE 67
The Effects of rough Pavements to tender-footed Passengers
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby margins, paper loss lower right image, poorly repaired tear upper right (sticky tape on FRONT of image), other tears more properly reinforced with non-acidic tape on back.
$75
View of Elden Hole
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PLATE 93
View of Elden Hole
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby margins, poorly repaired tear in top margin resulting in acidic bleed-through to front of image, short tear at bottom margin more expertly repaired
$100
Manner of Passing the Second River in Peake Hole
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PLATE 96
Manner of Passing the Second River in Peake Hole
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby margins, reinforced creases and short tears, largish fox mark in right margin outside of image area. Could mount/mat nicely.
$100
View of a Skittle Ground at Hampstead
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PLATE IV
View of a Skittle Ground at Hampstead
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby margins, several original watercolour smears, light foxing.
$150
View of the Tea Gardens at Bayswater
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PLATE V
View of the Tea Gardens at Bayswater
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby margins, especially lower right corner, brown stain (not foxing, some sort of spill) in lower margin extending into publisher's line
$150
Provinicial Wit and Provincial Politeness
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PLATE 65
Provincial Wit and Provincial Politeness
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby margins, a couple of fox marks in upper image, paper loss to lower right corner
$150
Symptoms of Jolting
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PLATE 70
Symptoms of Jolting
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby margins, a couple of fox marks in left margin
$150
A Grinder of Music
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PLATE 34
[A Grinder of Music]
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby margins, a few fox marks in margins
$150
A formal Introduction to an Assembly
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PLATE 89
A formal Introduction to an Assembly
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby margins, very narrow left margin (as issued?), a couple of fox marks in margins
A Proctor Without a Wig
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PLATE 52
A Proctor Without a Wig
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby margins, some fox marks
$125
Portraits from a Spiritual Quixote
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PLATE 61
Portraits from a Spiritual Quixote
Sheet Size: approx. 7.5 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: somewhat grubby, poorly repaired tear upper left using acidic sticky tape on FRONT of image, numerous stablized tears around edges, diagonal crease above heads and below title, some foxing.
$50
Physiognomical Studies
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PLATE 1
Physiognomical Studies
Sheet Size: approx. 6 x 10.25 inches
Condition notes: This is a 'double page print' that is missing the left side. There is also a poorly repaired tear (using sticky tape on the FRONT) that bisects the print. Grubby.
$50
A Polite Congregation
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[PLATE 80]
A Polite Congregation
Sheet Size: approx. 7.75 x 8.5 inches
Condition notes: The left side of the image is missing. Usual grubbiness. Poorly repaired tear at bottom.
$50

Darvill's Rare Print Shop is pleased to offer a huge selection of original Cruikshank etchings.
Cruikshank etchings and engravings are also available
Miscellaneous 18th and early 19th Century prints
"Life in London"
(1822)
"My Sketch Book" (1833-1836)
Dickens Illustrations (ca. 1840s)
"The Cruikshankian Momus" (1892)

 
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