Guide to the Richard Vogler Cruikshank Collection: caricatures, serials, illustrated books, drawings and paintings.
George Cruikshank’s lengthy career spanned the Regency period (1811-1820) and Victorian era (1837-1901). From age nine to eighty-five, Cruikshank produced thousands of designs in formats ranging from caricatural prints, book illustrations, lottery puffs, and song sheets. Cruikshank’s early caricatures provided sharp commentary on British politics and culture. Favorite targets were Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), King George IV (1762-1830), and dandies and trendsetters of the early nineteenth century. When interest in caricatural prints waned in England in the 1820s, Cruikshank shifted to designing and publishing humorous serials, such as “My Sketch Book,” and illustrating serialized novels by authors such as Charles Dickens (1812-1870) and William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882).