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An Essay On The Genius Of George Cruikshank. With Numerous Illustrations Of His Works. (From The Westminster Review, No. LXVI.) With Additional Etchings.

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Variant Title

Westminster review; 66
Tilt And Bogue's Catalogue Of New Books


[London:]: Henry Hooper, 13 Pall Mall East., MDCCCXL.

Physical Description

[2], 60 p., frontis., [16] pl.: illus.; 216 mm.


[Frontis., t.p.] - The Westminster Review [table of contents of the Review] - [Text, with pl.] - Illustrations. Woodcuts ... Etchings.

Responsibility Note

Most plates are signed as by George Cruikshank. Many in-text illustrations are signed as drawn by Cruikshank ('G.C.') and engraved by J.Thompson, Bonner, Byfield, Thos. Williams or S. Williams.

The note on the Illustrations states that some plates have been printed from the originals, but most transferred to stone and printed by Mr Jobbins; and that some of the woodcuts have been printed by Samuel Bentley and others by Messrs Whitehead.


R.L. Patten, George Cruikshank's life, times and art (1992).

Summary Note

The title page states that the essay is 'From The Westminster Review, No. LXVI'; but gatherings A, B, D of the text carry the numbering, 'Vol. XXXIV. No. 1.' and gathering C, 'Vol. XXXIII. No. 1.'

A pencilled inscription on the title page attributes this essay to Thackeray - who was a regular reviewer of the exhibitions of the Royal Academy and other institutions, and also made illustrations for some of his own works.

Copy Note

Title page inscribed in ink, 'W.C. Risley from his brother John August 4th. 1846' (this is repeated on the first page of text), and in pencil, 'by Thackeray'.

Binding Note

19th-century green papered boards, upper and lower covers with blind-stamped decoration; spine lettered 'George Cruikshank' and 'R.A.' There has been bound in after the text, 'Tilt And Bogue's Catalogue Of New Books' (MDCCCXLI; 16 pages).

Name as Subject


Graphic artists - Illustrators - Caricaturists - Illustrations - Great Britain - 19th century
Art criticism - Reviews - 19th century
Pictorial works - 19th century