George Cruikshank Novr. 14th. 1851. [ink signature.]
George Cruikshank (1792-1878) was an English caricaturist and book illustrator. His early life was spent dedicated to his popular publications such as the Comic Almanack (1835-1853) and Omnibus (1842). For Charles Dickins he illustrated Sketches by Boz (1836) and Oliver Twist (1838). In 1820 he received a royal bribe of £100 for a pledge not to caricature His Majesty King George III, as Cruikshank's 60-year career embraced political prints that attacked the royal family and leading politicians. His famous personification of England, John Bull, was developed in conjunction with James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson. However, he replaced one of his major influences, James Gillray, as England's most popular satirist.
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