Finding Aid for the An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank 1808-1877

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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.


Container List

Volume 1

An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank, Vol. I 1808-1823

Physical Description: [200] leaves

Scope and Content Note

[Portrait of George Cruikshank etched by D'Aigaille as frontispiece] -- [Original pencil sketch with a.l.s. on verso by Sherwood Owman] -- The London and Westminster Review. Oct. 1839-March 1840, Vol. XXXIII.-1840. London: Henry Hooper, 1840 (60, [2] p.) [presentation inscription from W.M. Thackeray [?] to S. Lucas dated 1859 on one leaf after t.p.] -- [Four broadsides] -- [21 prints, col., from various publications] -- The political house that Jack built. London, 1819 [12 woodcuts] -- [Portrait of Robert Cruikshank; col. etching], [1819] -- Abraham Thornton [portrait] [1819] -- The green bag: "A dainty dish to set before a king." London: J. Robins and Co., 1820 [t.p. only, with woodcut] -- The man in the moon. London, 1820 [14 woodcuts] -- The queen's matrimonial ladder. London, 1820 [18 woodcuts including t.p.] -- "Non Mi Ricordo!" London, 1820 [3 woodcuts including t.p.] -- Doll tear sheet. London: John Fairburn, [1820] [5 woodcuts] -- The queen that Jack found. London: John Fairburn, 1820 [13 woodcuts including t.p.] -- The political queen that Jack loves. London: Roach & Co., [1820] [13 woodcuts including t.p.] -- The political "A, Apple Pie," London, 1820 [23 woodcuts including t.p.] -- "Radical parliament," 1820 ["Cato street conspirators, 1820" in ms.] [one etching] -- The political showman—at home! London, 1821 [23 woodcuts including t.p.] -- "Life in London," 1821 [in ms.] [9 col. etchings] -- Mr. Walbourn as Dusty Bob, 1822 [one etching] -- Death of the Marquis of Londonderry [1822] -- "Broadside. Sailor's description of a chase and capture" [in ms.] [1822] -- [Engraving "For the Story of Pigou a Malay Boy."] London: D. Mackay, 1822 -- France, (the great nation) driven by the north—into the south!!! / [folded plate, col.] -- "Peter Schlemihl, 1823" [in ms.] [7 etchings] -- "Christmas stories, 1823" [in ms.] [3 etchings] -- Mr. Vale as Dickey Scrag, in Dolly and the Rat ["Front to pamphlet, 1823" in ms.] [col. etching] -- Mary's horror at discovering the murderers, 1832 [col. etching] -- German popular stories / collected by M. M. Grimm. London: C. Baldwin, n.d. [12 etchings, including t.p.] -- "Points of humour, 1823-4" [in ms.] [9 col. etchings]
Volume 2

An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank, Vol. II 1824-1829

Physical Description: [194] leaves

Scope and Content Note

[Self-portrait of George Cruikshank as frontispiece] -- A memoir of George Cruikshank, artist and humourist / by Walter Hamilton. London: Elliot Stock, 1878 (64 p.) [with original printed pictorial wrapper and lithograph portrait of the artist] -- [Original pencil sketch with autograph in ink] -- Tales of humour, gallantry, & romance, London: Charles Baldwin, 1824 [16 prints, including t.p.] -- "Herbert's letters, 1824" [in ms.] [2 etchings] -- Advantages of travel [2 folded plates, col. (etchings)] -- "Mornings at Bow Street, 1824" [in ms.] [16 etchings] -- Illustrations of the works of Lord Byron, from designs by Cruikshank. London: J. Robins & Co., n.d. [36 woodcuts] -- "Mr. Grimaldi as clown in dolce domum," [1825] [col. etching] -- The universal songster, or, Museum of mirth (Vol. I-Vol. III). London, 1825. [original printed wrapper and title pages only; 21 woodcut proofs] -- German popular stories, [1826] [10 etchings, including t.p.] -- Philosophy in sport made science in earnest (Vol. I-Vol. III). London, 1827. [27 woodcuts] -- Illustrations of time. London: George Cruikshank, 1827 [7 folded plates, including t.p.; plates in col.] -- "John Gilpin, 1826" [in ms.] [6 woodcuts] -- "Punch and Judy, 1828" [in ms] [22 etched proofs] -- "Tim Robbin's Lancashire dialect, 1828" [in ms.] [4 etched proofs] -- A fireside book; or The account of a Christmas spent at old court / by the author of May you like it. London, 1828 [one engraving] -- "History of Napoleon, 1829" [in ms.] [8 engravings]
Volume 3

An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank, Vol. III 1830-1835

Physical Description: [201] leaves

Scope and Content Note

[Portrait of George Cruikshank as frontispiece] -- A memoir of George Cruikshank / by Frederic G. Stephens; and An essay on the genius of George Cruikshank / by William Makepeace Thackeray. London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1891 (66 p.) -- [Original pen and ink sketch] -- Bombastes furioso: a burlesque tragic opera / by William Barnes Rhodes. London: Rodd and Griffiths, 1830 [8 woodcuts including t.p.] -- Tom Thumb, a burletta / by Kane O'Hara. London: Joseph Thomas, Finch Lane, Cornhill, 1830 [7 woodcuts including t.p.] -- Three courses and a dessert. London: Vizetelly and Branston, 1830 [50 woodcuts] -- Tales of other days / by J. Y. A. London: Effingham Wilson, 1830 [5 woodcuts] --"Demonology and witchcraft, 1830" [in ms.] [12 proofs of etchings on 6 leaves] -- Barney Buntline and Billy Bowling; or, the advantages of being at sea / Written by George Colman, Esq. London: John Alvey Turner, 1830 [col. plate] -- The life of Nelson / by Robert Southey, Esq. London: John Murray, 1830 [7 woodcuts] -- "Gentleman in black, 1831" [in ms.] [4 engravings] -- "Humphrey Clinker, 1831" [in ms.] [4 etchings] -- "Roderick Random, 1831" [in ms.] [5 etchings] -- "Peregrine Pickle, 1831" [in ms.] [8 etchings] -- "Tom Jones, 1831" [in ms.] [8 etchings] -- The adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves / by Tobias Smollet, M.D. London: James Cochrane and Co., 1832 [one etching] -- Altrive Tales (Vol. I) / by the Etrick Shepherd. London: James Cochrane and Co., 1832 [one etching] -- "Joseph Andrews, 1832" [in ms.] [4 etchings] -- "History of Amelia, 1832" [in ms.] [8 etchings] -- The vicar of Wakefield / by Oliver Goldsmith, M.D. London: James Cochrane and Co., 1832 [2 etchings] -- "Bee and the wasp, 1832" [in ms.] [4 etchings] -- "Rejected addresses, 1833" [in ms.] [6 woodcuts] -- Sunday in London. London: Effingham Wilson, 1833 [14 woodcuts] -- "Life of Washington, 1833" [in ms.] [5 etchings] -- "My sketch book, 1833" [in ms.] [12 etchings on plates] -- "History of New York, 1834" [in ms.] [4 etchings] -- "My sketch book, 1834" [in ms.] [11 etchings on plates] -- Burford Cottage, and its robin-red breast / by the author of Keeper's Travels. London: Thomas Tegg and son, 1835 [one etching] -- The beauties of Washington Irving, Esq. / illustrated with wood cuts engraved by Thompson. London: Thomas Tegg and Son, 1835 [21 woodcuts] -- The comic almanack, for 1835 / by Ridcum Funnidos. London: Vizetelly, Branston and Co., 1835 [12 etchings and one additional print] -- "My sketch book, 1835" [in ms.] [7 etchings on plates]
Volume 4

An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank, Vol. IV 1836-1839

Physical Description: [218] leaves

Scope and Content Note

[Portrait of George Cruikshank as frontispiece] -- George Cruikshank: the artist, the humorist, and the man, with some account of his brother Robert; a critico-bibliographical essay / by William Bates. London: Houston and Sons; Birmingham: Houghton and Hammond, 1878 (79 p.) -- [Original pencil sketch] -- "My sketch book, 1836" [in ms.] [3 prints] -- "Sketches by Boz, 1836" [in ms.] [7 etchings] -- The comic almanack, for 1836 / by Ridcum Funnidos. London: Vizetelly, Branston and Co., 1836 [12 etchings and one additional print] -- Bentley's miscellany (Vol. II). London: Richard Bentley, 1837 [12 etchings] -- "Rambles in the footsteps of Don Quixote, 1837" [in ms.] [6 etchings] -- Sketches by Boz. London: John Macrone, 1836 [12 prints, including t.p.] -- The history of the French Revolution / by M. A. Thiers. Richard Bentley, 1837 [t.p. and woodcut] -- The comic almanack, for 1837 / by Ridcum Funnidos. London: Vizetelly, Branston and Co., 1837 [12 etchings and one additional print] -- "Oliver Twist, 1838" [in ms.] [25 etchings] -- Bentley's miscellany / edited by Boz. Edinburgh and Dublin: Richard Bentley, 1838 [10 etchings] -- Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi / edited by "Boz." London: Richard Bentley, 1838 [12 etchings] -- The comic almanack, for 1838 / by Ridcum Funnidos. London: Vizetelly, Branston and Co., 1838 [12 etchings and one additional print] – Chemistry no mystery; or, A lecturer's bequest / by John Scoffern. London: Harvey and Darton, 1839 [one etching] -- Bentley's miscellany (Vol. V). London: Richard Bentley, 1839 [one etching] -- "The Queen and the Union!" London: [in ms. "1839"] [one folded plate] -- The little old man of the wood; or, The tale of a comical stick / by T. H. Sealy. London: Hugh Cunningham, [t.p. only] [1839] -- "Loving ballad of Lord Bateman, 1839" [in ms.] [11 etchings and one leaf of music] -- The comic almanack, for 1839 / by Ridcum Funnidos. London: Whitehead and Co., 1839 [12 etchings and one additional print; original wrapper precedes t.p.] -- "Sketches by Boz, 1839" [in ms.] [39 etchings]
Volume 5

An Essay on the Genius of George Cruishank, Vol. V 1840-1842

Physical Description: [195] leaves

Scope and Content Note

[Portrait of George Cruikshank as frontispiece] -- "George Cruikshank," Scribner's Monthly, (Vol. XVI, no. 2) June, 1878 (p. [161]-177) -- [One leaf of original pen and ink sketches, (2 pages)] -- "Jack Sheppard, 1839" [in ms.] [29 etchings] -- "Tower of London, 1840" [in ms.] [101 prints] -- "Ingoldsby Legends, 1840" [in ms.] [8 etchings] -- Bentley's miscellany (Vol. VII). London: Richard Bentley, 1840 [2 etchings.] -- The comic almanack, for 1840 / by Ridcum Funnidos. London: Whitehead and Co., 1840 [12 etchings and one additional print] -- "Guy Fawkes, 1841" [in ms.] [22 etchings] -- "Colin Clink, 1841" [in ms.] [one etching] -- Bentley's miscellany (Vol. X). London: Richard Bentley, 1840 [2 etchings] -- Songs, naval and national, of the late Charles Dibdin; with a memoir and addenda / collected and arranged by Thomas Dibdin. London: John Murray, 1841 [10 etchings] -- The comic almanack, for 1841 / by Ridcum Funnidos. London: Tilt and Bogue, 1841 [12 etchings and one additional print] -- "Miser's daughter, 1842" [in ms.] [20 etchings and 3 vignettes] -- Ainsworth's magazine (Vol. I) / edited by William Harrison Ainsworth. London: Hugh Cunningham, 1842 [9 vignettes] -- Bentley's miscellany (Vol. XI). London: Richard Bentley, 1842 [one etching] -- [Engraved portrait of George Cruikshank]
Volume 6

An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank, Vol. VI 1842-1847

Physical Description: [212] leaves

Scope and Content Note

[Original autograph of George Cruikshank dated March 3, 1869 as frontispiece] -- [Portrait of George Cruikshank] -- George Cruikshank / by Prof. John Wilson [author's name in ms. at end] ["Blackwood's Magazine, Aug. 1863" in ms.] (p. 217-224) -- George Cruikshank's omnibus / edited by Laman Blanchard, Esq. London: Tilt and Bogue, 1842 [20 engravings] -- [Collection of prints from various publications] [77 woodcuts on 21 leaves] -- The comic almanack, for 1842 / by Ridcum Funnidos. London: Tilt and Bogue, 1842 [12 etchings] -- "Windsor Castle, 1843" [in ms.] [14 etchings] -- "Modern chivalry, 1843" [in ms.] [6 etchings] -- Bentley's miscellany (Vol. XIII). London: Richard Bentley, 1843 [7 etchings] -- The comic almanack, for 1843 / by Ridcum Funnidos. London: Tilt and Bogue, 1841 [12 etchings] -- "Elliston memoirs, 1844" [in ms.] [3 etchings] -- "John Manesty, 1844" [in ms.] [6 etchings] -- "St. James's, 1844" [in ms.] [14 etchings] -- The old sailor's jolly boat. London: Allen, Nottingham, Allen, Leicester, 1844 [7 etchings] -- "Prisons and prisoners, 1845" -- [in ms.] [one etching] -- History of the Irish Rebellion in 1798. London: Baily, Brothers, Cornhill, 1845 [21 etchings] -- The comic almanack, for 1845 / by Ridcum Funnidos. London: David Bogue, 1845 [12 etchings] -- The snow storm, a Christmas story / by Mrs. Gore. London and Paris: Fisher, Son, & Co., [n.d.] [4 etchings] -- "Ainsworth's Mag. (Vol. 9), 1846" [in ms.] [one etching] -- The greatest plague of life; or, The adventures of a lady in search of a good servant / by one who has been "almost worried to death." London: David Bogue, [n.d.] [12 etchings and one t.p.] -- "Our own times, 1846" [in ms.] [4 etchings] – "Her Majesty's theatre" [1846, dated in ms.] [one vignette] -- [The comic almanack, for 1846] [12 etchings] -- New year's day, a winter's tale / by Mrs. Gore. London and Paris: Fisher, Son, & Co., [1846-7, in ms.] [4 etchings] -- "The yule log, 1847" [in ms.] [4 etchings on two leaves] -- "The good genius, 1847" [in ms.] [5 etchings and 4 vignettes] -- The bottle [8 folded plates, col.]
Volume 7

An Essay on the Genius of George Cruikshank, Vol. VII 1848-1877

Physical Description: [227] leaves

Scope and Content Note

[Frontispiece of "The late Mr. George Cruikshank."] -- Some unpublished sketches by George Cruikshank, [from The Strand magazine, n.d., p. [183]-191] -- [Original pencil sketch with annotation] -- [Original a.l.s. dated May 26, 1875] [one page] -- "The inundation, 1847-8" [in ms.] [4 etchings] -- "The drunkard's children. A sequel to the bottle." [8 folded plates; woodcut engravings] -- The comic almanack, for 1848 / by Ridcum Funnidos. London: David Bogue, 1848 [6 etchings] -- The magic of kindness / by the Brothers Mayhew. London: Darton and Co., 1849 [4 etchings] -- "Her Majesty's theatre" [1849, dated in ms.] [one vignette] -- "Brighton Lodging House, 1849" [in ms.] [2 etchings, col.] -- The comic almanack / edited by Horace Mayhew. London: David Bogue, 1849 [t.p. only, on original col. wrapper] -- "Oliver Twist, 1850," [in ms.] [frontispiece only] -- Frank Farleigh; or, Scenes from the life of a private pupil, London: A. Hall, Virtue, & Co., 1850 [30 etchings and one original pictorial printed wrapper] -- The comic almanack and diary / edited by Henry Mayhew. London: David Bogue, 1850 [7 etchings, one folded and colored] -- The world's show, 1851; or, The adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Sandboys and family ... / by Henry Mayhew. London: David Bogue, 1851 [10 plates, one folded] -- The comic almanack and diary for 1851 [original linen cover] -- The comic almanack and diary / edited by Henry Mayhew. London: David Bogue, 1851 [6 etchings] -- "The betting book, 1852" [in ms.] [4 vignettes] -- "Talpa, 1852" [in ms.] [25 vignettes] -- "Comic almanack, 1852" [in ms.] [one etching, folded and colored] -- Uncle Tom's Cabin / by Harriet Beecher Stowe. London: John Cassell, 1852 [27 woodcuts] -- "Comic almanack, 1853" [in ms.] [one etching, folded and colored] -- "Jack and the beanstalk, 1854" [in ms.] [6 etchings] -- "Tobacco leaves" ["Geo. Cruikshank's Mag., 1854" in ms.] [one etching] -- "The provocations of Miss Polly C." [one etching] – "Passing events, or; The tale of the comet of 1853" [one folded plate] -- Cinderella and the glass slipper, 1854 [2 engraved vignettes on one leaf] -- My brother, or; The man of many friends / by an old author. London: Samson, Low, & Son, 1855 [frontispiece on same leaf of t.p.] -- "Lorrimer Littlegood, 1855-6" [in ms.] [12 etchings] -- "Slice of bread and butter, 1857" [in ms.] [3 vignettes] -- Sir John Falstaff Knight. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans and Roberts, 1857 [11 etchings including t.p., and one vignette; "Life of John Falstaff, 1858" in ms.] -- Stenelaus and Amylda, a Christmas legend. London: Griffith and Farran, 1858 [3 vignettes on one leaf] -- Old faces in new masks / by Robert Blakey, Ph.D. London: W. Kent & Co., 1859 [one plate with t.p.] -- "The drunkard's house, 1860" [in ms.] [two etchings of same print, one hand colored] -- The oyster. London: Trübner & Co., [1861] [2 pictorial col. wrappers including t.p. and one woodcut] -- "Puck on Pegasus, 1861" [in ms.] [one etching] -- What put my pipe out, or; Incidents in the life of a clergyman. London: S. W. Partridge, 1862 [6 leaves, 4 woodcuts; includes original printed, pictorial wrapper] -- A discovery concerning ghosts; with a rap at the "spirit-rappers" / by George Cruikshank. London: Frederick Arnold, 1863 [9 woodcuts; title from t.p. printed on blue original wrapper] -- "Ingoldsby legends, 1864" [in ms.] [24 woodcuts] -- "Pilgrim's progress, 1865" [in ms.] [2 woodcuts] --"Poems by the knight of Morar, 1866" [in ms.] [one etching] -- The British bee hive. London: George Cruikshank, [1867] [page proof] -- The Savage Club papers. London: Tinsley Brothers, [1867] [one woodcut vignette] -- "Unpublished" [in ms.] [two untitled etchings of same print, one hand colored] -- "Fairy connoisseurs inspecting Mr. Frederick Locker's collection of drawings" [1868] [one etching] -- "Private plate etched for Sir Wm. Fraser, 1869" [in ms.] [one etched plate] -- Plate "designed by George Cruikshank to represent his highly esteemed and worthy friend, the late Thomas Ingoldsby..." [one etched plate] -- "Private plate etched for Poems by the King of Morar, 1870" [in ms.] [one etched plate] -- "The Leader, of the Parisian Blood Red Republic, or the Infernal Fiend!" [folded and etched plate, colored] -- Guess me... / compiled and arranged by Frederick D'Arros Planche; illustrated by George Cruikshank and others. London: Dean and Son, [1872] [pictorial t.p. for second edition only] -- Boons and blessings / by Mrs. S. C. Hall. London: National Temperance Publication Depôt, [1873] [one woodcut] -- Lob lie-by-the-fire, or; The luck of Lingborough and other tales / by Juliana Horatia Ewing. London: George Bell and Sons, 1874 [3 prints] -- An old story; a temperance tale in reverse / by S. C. Hall. London: Virtue, Spalding, and Co., [1875] [one woodcut] -- The rose and the lily / by Mrs. Octavian Blewitt. London: Chatto and Windus, 1877 [one etching] -- "View of the house in which G. Cruikshank died" [one etching, hand colored] -- "The venerable George: he painted in oils the virtues of water" from The Hornet, dated Dec. 6th, 1871 [caricature on one folded plate]