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George Cruikshank - British Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - George Cruikshank (1792 - 1878)

George Cruikshank was the son of Issac, a caricaturist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Following in his father’s footsteps, he became a successful political cartoonist in his teenage years. He was recognized as the successor of Gilray upon his death in 1815 and completed some of his unfinished works. Initially, Cruikshank focused on the Prince Regent in his satires but began targeting the new king, George IV in 1820. He was paid not to depict the monarch in any of his cartoons and thereafter switched to social topics. At this time, Cruikshank also turned from prints to book illustrations, his increasing output earning him a greater reputation across Europe. Perhaps his most famous book illustration was the cover of Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist in 1837.

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