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George Cruikshank papers, 1820-1931Rauner Manuscript MS-1340

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George Cruikshank papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1340

Collection Dates:


Size of Collection:

.25 linear ft., 1 box


George Cruikshank, 1792-1878, British caricaturist and illustator. This collection contains pamphlets, letters, bookseller catalogs, publisher's announcements and ephemera related to his work.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Introduction to the Collection

The papers of George Cruikshank contain pamphlets, letters and letter drafts, booksellers' catalogs, and publisher's announcments. The material pertains to Cruikshank's profession as a caricaturist and illustator. Of note are several satirical pamphlets with illustrations by Cruikshank, including "The Queen's Matrimonial Ladder" and "Non Mi Recordo" printed by William Hone.


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.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: Papers, 1820-1931

Box: 1, 1820-1931

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Pamphlet: "Non Mi Ricordo" printed by William Hone with illustrations by Cruikshank, 1820
  • Folder: 2, Pamphlet: "The Queen's Matrimonial Ladder," satirical with illustrations by George Cruikshank, 1820
  • Folder: 3, Letter draft: To Mr. Postman written on the back of publication "Letter to Benjamin Golding, MD," by George G. Simond, 1836
  • Folder: 4, Publisher's Announcement: "1851 or the Adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Sandbags", circa 1851
  • Folder: 5, Pamphlet: "A reply to the Rev. John Cummings, D.D. on the opening of the New Chrystal Palace on Sundays" by M.W. Ballentine, 1853
  • Folder: 6, Pamphlet: "On the Influence of Exercise over Respiration and Pulsation: With Comments," by Edward Smith, offprint from medical journal, 1859
  • Folder: 7, Bookseller Catalog: "A Catalogue of a Selection from the Works of George Cruikshank," for an exhibit with handwritten admission ticket, 1863
  • Folder: 8, Pamphlet: "The Fifty-Second Annual Report of the Directors," Liverpool Institute, 1867
  • Folder: 9, Letter: To Cruikshank from Marine Society re. invitation to attend the examination of "our boys", 1867
  • Folder: 10, Pamphlet: "By Your Own Goose," with illustrations by Cruikshank, 1869
  • Folder: 11, Pamphlet: "The Cryptogamic Forests of the Coal Period," in "Royal Institutions of Great Britain", 1869
  • Folder: 12, Publisher's Flyer: Advertisement for Five Titles by the architect Thomas Morris by Simpkin, Marshall and Co., circa 1870
  • Folder: 13, Bookseller Leaflet: "A List of Additional Specimen for the 'National Cruikshank Collection'", 1870s
  • Folder: 14, Printed Form Letter: Royal Literacy Fund re. invitation to the 85th anniversary dinner , 1874-04-20
  • Folder: 15, Pamphlet: "A Simple Sermon for County Cottagers," sent by Rev. R.H. Wood to Cruikshank , circa 1874
  • Folder: 16, Letter: To Cruikshank from Thomas R. Downes re. invitation to view bas relief by Fowkes, 1875
  • Folder: 17, Pamphlet: "Testimonials to George Cruikshank, Esq. on the occasion of his Silver Wedding", 1876
  • Folder: 18, Bookseller Catalog: "Catalogue of an Extensive Series of Works by George Cruikshank…", 1876
  • Folder: 19, "Cruikshankiana," by Robert H. Dodd, 1916
  • Folder: 20, Bookseller Catalog: "Superlative Specimens of the Work of the English Illustrators of the First Half of the 19th Century," by Ernest R. Gee and Co., 1921
  • Folder: 21, Bookseller Catalog: "Catalogue of the Valuable Library and Collection of Drawings and Engravings by George Cruikshank," Southeby and Co. , 1931
  • Folder: 22, Autograph Draft: "To the Countess Gargantini with compliments and respect George Cruikshank, undated
  • Folder: 23, Letter Draft: "Gutter Children" To the Editor of the Times re. taking orphan girls to America, undated
  • Folder: 24, Letter: To Cruikshank from A. Liddle re. lecture on the late William Hone, undated
  • Folder: 25, Letter: "Boxing Day" To Cruikshank from Watts Phillips re. the visit of his mother and sister, undated

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