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Finding Aid for the An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank 1808-1877
MS.1917.002  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank,
    Date (inclusive): 1808-1877
    Collection number: MS.1917.002
    Creator: Thackeray, William Makepeace 1811-1863
    Extent: 7 volumes
    Repository: 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

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank, MS.1917.002, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    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.

    Processing History

    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.

    Biography

    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 1878.

    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 collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Bates, William, d. 1884
    Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878
    Gough, John B. (John Bartholomew), 1817-1886
    Hamilton, Walter, 1844-1899
    Stephens, Frederic George, 1828-1907
    Wilson, John, 1785-1854
    Artists--England--19th century.
    Social history--19th century.
    Temperance in art.

    Genres and Forms

    Caricatures--19th century.
    Festschriften--19th century.