George Cruikshank was born on September 27, 1792, in London, England. His father was one of the leading caricaturists of the time and George followed in his footsteps. Early in his career he collaborated with William Hone on his political satire "The Politcal House That Jack Built." His first major work was "Pierce Egan's Life in London" (1821).Cruikshank also became known for his poltical prints that attacked the royal family and politicians and he became England's most popuar satirist. In 1823, he started to focus on book illustrations and illustrated several books by Charles Dickens, including Oliver Twist. He died on February 1, 1878.