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Cruikshank’s London Almanack, 1836

August 2, 2013
by the gentle author

In 1836, George Cruikshank drew these ingenious illustrations of the notable seasons and festivals in London for the second year of The Comic Almanack – published annually by Charles Tilt of Fleet St from 1835-53. (Click on any of these images to enlarge)

JANUARY - Hard frost upon the Serpentine

FEBRUARY - Transfer day at the Bank

MARCH - Day and night equal, workers meet party-goers at dawn

APRIL - Easter Monday in Greenwich Park

MAY - Old May Day

JUNE - Holidays at the Public Offices

JULY - Dog Days in Houndsditch

AUGUST - Bathing at Brighton

SEPTEMBER - Moonlight flit on Michaelmas Day

OCTOBER - St Crispin’s Day in Shoe Lane

NOVEMBER - Lord Mayor’s Show in Ludgate Hill

DECEMBER - Boxing Day

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3 Responses leave one →
  1. August 2, 2013

    Love the wooden legs in Greenwich Park.

    Anyone know what ‘transfer day at the bank’ is? What’s transfer day?

  2. August 2, 2013

    Wonderful illustrations that reveal so much.

  3. August 14, 2013

    Excellent example of the “doorpost chequers” (the classic visual indicator of licensed premises) on the Blue Last in October’s illustration: you can see the same thing in Hogarth’s “Beer Street”.

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