GEORGE CRUIKSHANK’S LIFE, TIMES AND ART
Vol 1: 1792-1835
Vol 2: 1835-1878

ROBERT L PATTEN
2 VOLS 1,206pp 162 ILLUS 1992-96 OUT OF PRINT A985

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£31.00

Description
The etchings and wood-engravings of George Cruikshank (1792-1878) recorded, commented on and satirised his times to such an extent that they have frequently been used to represent the age. His long life, marked by a ceaseless struggle to win recognition for his art, intersected with the lives of many of Britain's important political, social and cultural leaders. The first volume of Patten's monumental work, which covers the artist's Regency caricatures and early book illustrations, demonstrates the ways in which Cruikshank was, as his contemporaries frequently declared, the Hogarth of the nineteenth century. The second volume examines the artist’s co-operations with writers such as Dickens and Thackeray and examines Cruikshank's illustrated periodicals, which contain an invaluable record of three decades of London life in the artist's hundreds of etchings. It foregrounds the changing image of the artist, as he refashioned himself and is refashioned by others to suit or to offend Victorian sensibilities.