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March - Tossing the Pancake Featured George Cruikshank Print

March - Tossing the Pancake

A Victorian cook, kitchen maid and the family of the house enjoying the traditional Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) pancake tossing excitement in the kitchen. From "The Comic Almanack for 1837: An Ephemeris in Jest and Earnest Containing All Things Fitting For Such Work by Rigdum Funnidos, Gent. - Adorned with a dozen of Righte Merrie Cuts pertaining to the Months, and an Hieroglyphic, by George Cruikshank." Published in London by Charles Tilt Bibliopolist, 1836

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Cruikshank, The Gin Shop, plate 12 Featured George Cruikshank Print

Cruikshank, The Gin Shop, plate 12

This is the cottage, the home of delight, Whence prayer, like an incense, ascends day and night, Where joy and contentment sit smiling so bright - Whence came this glad home where such comforts unite? From the heaven-blest text which the pastor chose, When light on the soul of the drunkard arose, As he sat in the church, to which each Sabbath-day, His wife and he, happy at heart, take their way, Drawn there by the pastor, so noble and kind, Who brought him the pledge which he joyfully signed ... Illustration no. 12 of 12 by George Cruikshank to The Gin-Shop, an improving rhyme warning against the dangers of alcohol and advocating the temperance pledge and the sober and happy effects of church-going. Date: 1868

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Humour smuggler punches preventive man 19th century cartoon Featured George Cruikshank Print

Humour smuggler punches preventive man 19th century cartoon

This is a cartoon etching by the well-known Victorian social caricaturist / cartoonist George Cruikshank (1792 - 1878), dated November 1st, 1829. (1829 is in the reign of William IV, but most of Cruikshank's artistic work was in the long reign of Queen Victoria.) Cruikshank went on to illustrate a number of the books of Charles Dickens. Title: Black Eyed Sue the bold smuggler - and Will Watch the look out man Speech bubble: I should like to catch you overhauling my pockets indeed!! - You calls yourself a preventive man don't you Mr. Dummy? Now I'll lay you a crown that you can't prevent me from giving you a good dab of the chops. Description: Cruikshank makes a play on the term preventive man'. The preventive men were watchers on the shore who looked to intercept smugglers. An on-line reference says the era of the preventive men began in 1831, but this joke pre-dates that by a couple of years. Designed Etched & Published by Geo. Cruikshank - Novr. 1st 1829 More cartoons by George Cruikshank

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