Finding aid created by: [Summit record]
|10 Oct 2008||converted to EAD (MD)|
|9 Nov 2009||added bio, scope, and detailed inventory (SK)|
|26 Oct 2012||extent revised (MBD)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878.|
|Title:||George Cruikshank Collection|
|Quantity:||0.25 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the British artist, caricaturist, illustrator, engraver. The collection contains 4 letters and 9 pieces of artwork.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
George Cruikshank was a British caricaturist, illustrator and engraver.
George Cruikshank was born in Bloomsbury, England in 1792. Cruikshank was taught art by his father, Isaac Cruikshank who was a caricaturist.
Cruikshank was influenced by English political cartoonist, James Gillray and Cruikshank finished several of Gillray’s pieces that were left unfinished at the time of his death in 1815. Several years later in 1820, Cruikshank received attention for his caricatures of Queen Caroline’s trial. Cruikshank regularly criticized what he saw as problems of contemporary society including the slave trade, the criminal code as well as French fashion and the French lifestyle in the work, Life in Paris (printed for John. Fairburn, 1822).
Cruikshank contributed to magazines such as Bentley's Miscellany and Ainsworth's Magazine and founded Wits. He also illustrated several books including Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist (1838). In the 1840s, Cruikshank became active with the Temperance movement and illustrated materials promoting this campaign.
George Cruikshank died in 1878.
The George Cruikshank collection consists of two series: Artwork and Correspondence. Many of the items bear Cruikshank's signature. Artwork consists of sketches and finished engravings. Subject matter includes animals, mountains, the African Coast, streetscapes, and human figures. Correspondence contains four handwritten letters, two of which are dated. The letters are brief, one being more of a receipt than a piece of correspondence while another appears to be a short note offering sympathy.
Each item is foldered individually.
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Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred cartoonists and illustrators. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.
Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878.
Animals in art.
Caricatures and cartoons -- Great Britain.
Cartoonists -- Great Britain.
Engravers -- Great Britain.
Etchers -- Great Britain.
Illustrators -- Great Britain.
Mountains in art.
Atlantic Coast (Africa) -- In Art.
London (England) -- In Art.
Genres and Forms
Cartoons (humorous images)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
George Cruikshank Collection
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Dr. Frank Piskor, 1968.
|Box 1||"To Calais" engraving 1 Aug 1835 - depicts men and women on a boat; published by Thomas McLean, Haymarket; black and white|
|Box 1||"From the West Indies" engraving 1 Aug 1835 - depicts men and women on a boat; published by Thomas McLean, Haymarket; black and white|
|Box 1||"The British Bee Hive" sketch undated - pencil and colored pencil|
|Box 1||Camels, elephants, human figure, sketch undated|
|Box 1||"The Coast of Africa" sketch undated - pencil, colored pencil|
|Box 1||Female- nude sketch undated - on the back of an envelope postmarked in London, also has writing|
|Box 1||Mountains, sketch circa Mar 1866 - pencil and watercolor, has writing by Cruikshank, drawn on the back of a piece of letterhead for engraver W. Keningale|
|Box 1||"Smoak Jack the Alarmist, Extinguishing the Second Great Fire of London (a la Gulliver) 12 Oct 1819 - ink and watercolor, published by T Tegg No. 111, Cheanside|
|Box 1||Street scene and carriages undated - pencil, drawn on a list and schedule|
|Box 1||Letter to Charles Mottram, English engraver 3 Oct 1863|
|Box 1||Letter to Charles A. Howell 2 Nov 1866|
|Box 1||Letter to unknown recipient regarding a manuscript undated|
|Box 1||Letter to Sleap undated - dated "Tuesday", appears to be regarding a death|