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Six sheets of sketches of scenes of urban life. All of which are in a similar format which presents a central scene in a rectangular frame. Annotations which appear to be suggested titles and/or further notes regarding the drawing are on each sheet:
1974,U.1544. Two studies of overloaded cabs annotated below: "The cruelty society" and "The handsom/ hansom cab man." Verso a rought sketch of boats.
1974,U.1545. Two sketches on the same sheet of a crowded street of shoppers. Annotated on the left "Struggle with the butchers. On the right "Rush for hot rolls." Above the scene of the right: "Policemen, bread 2s for a loaf."
1974,U.1546. A roughly sketched crowd scene, annotated above: "A la mode beef" with a head study on the top left hand side. Verso figures seated at table holding umbrellas on the left and a roughly sketched figure group with a child at the centre (right).
1974,U.1547. A multi-figure scene of people promenading in a park, an architectural structure in the background. Annotated above "The three prices" and signed below. Verso, to loose studies of ships top right and a figure group, annotated below: "Belgrave market."
1974,U.1548. A sketch of men with shotguns clambering on rooftops annotated above "Pigeon shooting sparrow pies." With further annotations above and below. Verso sketch of opera audiences with annotations (largely illegible) above.
1974,U.1549. A group of seated male figures, annotated above: "Take care of pockets." and below: "Grand distribution of watches, purses, pocket books, pocket handkerchiefs, rings and all sorts of jewellery.
Graphite and ink
- Production date
- 1810-1878 (See comments)
Height: 143 millimetres (average height (sheet))
Width: 225 millimetres (average width (sheet))
- Curator's comments
- See the curatorial comment on record 1974, U. 1-14 for information on Cruikshank's unmounted drawings.
This group of drawings appear to have been intended as a series due to the similarity in format. The overloaded cab in 1974,U.1544 may be a reference to William Hogarth's 'Stages of Cruelty' (1751) while 'Take care of pockets' may be related to Cruikshank's his illustrations for Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist' (1837-1838.)
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1891,1116.179