George Cruikshank Illustrations
The Art of the Story
Writing for Children
George Cruikshank was inventive. In the 1800's, puns and other forms of word-play were loved by all.
These first illustrations come from his 'Scraps and Sketches' album, published for adults in 1832, though the drawings were done between 1828 and 1832. I have no doubt that they would have been shown to children, who would have appreciated the humour.
I have no idea when inanimate objects were first personified, but George Cruikshank certainly popularised this form of 'cartoon' and creativity.
Here are Cruikshank's paintings used as 'scraps'. They are a form of 'picture writing for children', telling the story of 'Derby Day' - the journey to get there, the event and the return home. It can be read solely from the illustrations, though the captions underneath add more wordplay and information.
The inclusion of 'Phiz' in the picture is interesting to me, for both Cruikshank and Phiz (Hablot Knight Browne) illustrated books by Charles Dickens. I'll have to investigate further as to their level of friendship - but Phiz at least seems to have regarded him as a respected competitor.
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