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Cohn, Albert M.  Bibliographical Catalogue of the Printed Works Illustrated by George Cruikshank.  New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1914.

            RBC NC1479.C9 C69 1914

            This work is “an attempt at a complete and accurate guide to the nature of the various printed books illustrated by George Cruikshank.”  This work can be used to search the Rare Book Collection card catalog for titles illustrated by Cruikshank.  It does not, however, list the individual and separate works created by Cruikshank, for example many caricatures, etchings, lithographs and woodcuts.


Cohn, Albert M.  George Cruikshank:  A Catalogue Raisonné of the Work Executed During the Years 1806-1877; with Collations, Notes, Approximate Values, Facsimiles, and Illustrations.  London: Office of “The bookman’s journal,” 1924. 

            ART CAGE ANNEX NC1479.C9 C72

            This is no. 96 out of 500 printed copies.  This is a complete, comprehensive volume of all the work created by George Cruikshank.  The first part is an alphabetical list of all the books illustrated by him, and the second part is a list of individual caricatures and separate prints.  At the back, there is an appendix entitled, “A Chronological list of books, papers, and magazines containing the more important essays or articles dealing with the work and genius of George Cruikshank.”  It was published in 1924, so it does not include any of the more recent publications, but is very useful for finding contemporary criticism of his work.  Many of the journals in which these articles and critiques appeared are rare today and difficult to locate, but a reference librarian may be able to point you in the right direction.


George, M. Dorothy.  Hogarth to Cruikshank: Social Change in Graphic Satire.  London: Allen Lane The Penguin Press, 1967.

            ART NC1470.G42 1967a

            This large work is full of illustrations, many of which are in color.  This book is about graphic social satire before the days of fashionable illustrated journalism.  During the 18th century, political and social prints were quite popular and were sold separately.  The author traces the development of this art form from Hogarth’s work in the 18th century to the end of the 19th century with examples from Cruikshank and his contemporaries.


Jerrold, Blanchard.  The Life of George Cruikshank, in Two Epochs.  London: Chatto and Windus, 1882.

            RBC backlog #16678 and ART NC1479.C9 J5 1898 (2 vol.)

This is one of the key biographical texts written about George Cruikshank just after his death.  It includes an interesting chapter on Cruikshank described by his friends and an Appendix of works illustrated by George Cruikshank.  It is a key source to refer to when trying to assess how Cruikshank was viewed during his lifetime.


Patten, Robert L.  George Cruikshank’s Life, Times and Art.  New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press, 1992.

ART N6797.C78 P3 1992 (2 vol.)

This is a long, comprehensive and extensive look at Cruikshank’s life and art.  It outlines in full detail, all of Cruikshank’s development, relationships with other artists, writers, and Temperance societies.  It’s a great work depicting how we view Cruikshank and his work a century after his lifetime.


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