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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.
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.
Blanchard. The Life of George
Cruikshank, in Two Epochs. London:
Chatto and Windus, 1882.
RBC backlog #16678 and ART NC1479.C9 J5 1898
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.
Robert L. George Cruikshank’s
Life, Times and Art. New Brunswick,
NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1992.
N6797.C78 P3 1992 (2 vol.)
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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