Offered here is a wonderful collection 23 sketches by two generations of the Cruikshank family, Isaac (father) and son, George Cruikshank: CRUIKSHANK, ISAAC. 1764-1811; AND GEORGE CRUIKSHANK. 1792-1878. Sketches are in various media, mostly pencil or ink with occasional color, including a profile image of a man by Isaac Cruikshank, c.1790s; a sketch of a rattlesnake by Isaac with an ink and watercolor image of a foundering ship by George on the verso; 2 full-page 4to leaves covered in multiple sketches in pencil; 2 similar leaves in 8vo; a graphite and colored pencil sketch of an illustration identified as the drawing for "The Marble Count" for Kit Bam's Adventure, by Mary Cowden Clarke (1849), 115 x 85 mm; 5 profile caricatures in watercolor on the verso of a letter; various other small sketches and studies, some on letters and envelopes, one on a calling card of a Mrs. Rhoades. There are several sketches with ink signatures of George Cruikshank. Condition varies, many with stains, creases, and adhesive residue. Put together by one collector and presented in an attractive way, each sketch contained in 22 card stock folders with typed descriptions, and housed in a superb 20th century green cloth chemise and slipcase, with fine green crushed morocco wide spine containing bold gilt lettering.
Although George Cruikshank is the best known of the family, his father Isaac was also a celebrated caricaturist from the "golden age" of British caricature ó a contemporary of James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson. George's brother, Isaac Robert Cruikshank was also an illustrator and caricaturist.
Price: $8,500.00 Item #5856