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A compositional sketch for 'Mrs Harriet Beecher Stowe.' The author of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.'
The outline of a portrait of Mrs Stowe is in an frame oval, illustrated by the principal characters in the above named work, Eva holds a crown of laurel above the head of the author. Beneath it is a large vignette representing Mrs Stowe as a good genius with the light of truth in her right hand, displaying the horrors of slavery.
The figures are defined by simple outlines and a sketch of two characters appears at the upper right hand side of the drawing. The mount and drawing have been cut unevenly.
See 1975.U.674. For a more detailed version of the same subject.
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- 1854-1856 (c.)
Height: 267 millimetres (largest dimension)
Width: 250 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Description based on GW Reid 'A descriptive catalogue of the works of George Cruikshank.' Dates provided by GW Reid.
The print Reid 4385 was engraved by John Thompson and published by John Cassell, La Belle Sauvage Yard, London.
According to Reid, the print's inscription was dedicated to Mrs Stowe: "Who, by this work of fiction [Uncle Tom's Cabin], founded on facts, has shown the world clearly for the first time, and in its true light the hideous character of slavery." Written partly above and partly below the design.
For a copy of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' with illustrations by George Cruikshank, see: 1865, 1111.1764-1792.
For a related sketch see 1975 U.674.
For further information on Cruikshank's tracings see curatorial comment for 1974,U.2103.
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Other BM number: 1891,1116.179