Scope and Content
Title: An Essay on the Genius of George
Date (inclusive): 1808-1877
Collection number: MS.1917.002
Creator: Thackeray, William
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90018
Abstract: "An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank
by W.M. Thackeray; and additional memoirs by Hamilton, Stephens, Wilson,
Bates and others" is in seven volumes dating from 1808 to 1877. The
collection was purchased by William Andrews Clark from George M. Millard
in 1917. The books are bound in green morocco by Rivière. The
compiler is unidentified; John B. Gough (1817-1886), an eminent
collector of Cruikshankiana, is possibly the creator.
Physical location: Clark Library
Language of materials: Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial
Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts or posters must be submitted in writing to the Librarian.
Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews
Clark Memorial Library as the owner of the physical items and is not
intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which
must also be obtained.
[Identification of item], An Essay on the Genius of George
Cruikshank, MS.1917.002, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library,
University of California, Los Angeles.
The collection was purchased by William Andrews Clark from George M.
Millard in 1917. A detailed inventory written by Millard is available in the Clark Library's Institutional Archive.
Processed by Margaret Phung, June 2009
The volumes and their contents are listed in The Library of William
Andrews Clark, Jr. "Cruikshank and Dickens. In Two Parts. Part I:
Cruikshank; Part II: Dickens." Collated and compiled by Robert Ernest
Cowan and William Andrews Clark, Jr. San Francisco: Printed by John
Henry Nash, 1921, p. 64-70.
Publication information and expanded content description by Margaret
Phung, June 2009.
The artist George Cruikshank was born in London in 1792. He is often
considered a humorist, satirist and caricaturist of British political
and social life. His father Isaac Cruikshank (1756-1811) also worked as
an artist and engraver, and it is he who encouraged and nurtured the
talent of his son from an early age. George Cruikshank died in London in
Scope and Content
"An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank by W.M. Thackeray; and
additional memoirs by Hamilton, Stephens, Wilson, Bates and others" is
in seven volumes dating from 1808 to 1877. The collection was purchased
by William Andrews Clark from George M. Millard in 1917. The books are
bound in green morocco by Rivière. The compiler is unidentified;
John B. Gough (1817-1886), an eminent collector of Cruikshankiana, is
possibly the compiler.
The artwork featured in this volume includes original pen and pencil
sketches; woodcuts, wood engravings, steel engravings, etchings and
lithographs by Cruikshank. A majority of these prints consist of title
pages to various publications, in addition to illustrations created for
chapbooks, original wrappers, magazines, pamphlets and books. Each
volume includes a frontispiece portrait of Cruikshank, except the sixth
volume with Cruikshank's original autograph on the frontispiece and his
portrait following the volume's title page. A written memoir on George
Cruikshank by Frederic G. Stephens (1828-1907) and William Bates (d.
l884) immediately follows the title pages in Volumes III and IV.
Of particular note is a series of plates titled The Bottle (1848),
The Drunkard's Children (1848), and The Drunkard's House (1860), which
portray moralistic stories on the negative effects of alcoholism while
demonstrating Cruikshank's allegiance to the Temperance movement.
Numerous prints from other series, such as My Sketch Book (1833-1836),
Bentley's Miscellany (1837-1843) and The Comic Almanack (1835-1853) are
included. Additionally, illustrations to Oliver Twist (1838) and
Sketches by Boz (1839) by Charles Dickens, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) by
Harriet Beecher Stowe, and fairy tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk
(1854), are just several of the many published works featuring the
artwork of George Cruikshank that were selected for inclusion in this
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
William, d. 1884
B. (John Bartholomew), 1817-1886
Frederic George, 1828-1907
Temperance in art.
Genres and Forms