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A Comic Alphabet

February 9, 2016
by the gentle author

You might like to see other work by George Cruikshank

Dick Turpin, Highwayman

Jack Sheppard, Thief, Highwayman & Escapologist

Tom & Jerry’s Life in London

Joseph Grimaldi, Clown

The Bloody Romance of the Tower

Henry Mayhew’s Punch & Judy Man

and these other alphabets

The Cockney Alphabet

The London Alphabet

7 Responses leave one →
  1. February 9, 2016

    How fantastic that ‘going’ is the entry for G
    Zoo animals were obviously a ‘thing’
    What’s going on between Isaac and John (something anti jewish I suppose?)

    I bet George Cruikshank was good fun

  2. February 9, 2016

    I liked the lead illustration the author with the funny legs. The pics are so good, with clever layout/text and vibrant colours from etched plates, then printing pulls which are at there best. They show the costume and attitudes of the period, we can learn so much from these pics about life in the 19th C no photo shoots then. I think the characters ‘could be’ those from ‘The Diary of a Nobody’ Mr Pooter, Carrie, Lupin and co perhaps they are a bit later. John

  3. Peter Holford permalink
    February 9, 2016

    Wonderfully humorous drawings. I also love them for how they show the society of the day and their pre-occupations. I now know who Xantippe and Edward Bright of Maldon were!

  4. Richard permalink
    February 9, 2016

    Perhaps an early image of frotteurism in Singing?

  5. February 9, 2016

    Wonderful graphic design — it has survived all these times!

    Love & Peace

  6. February 9, 2016

    Luv it! Still lively after all these years.

  7. pauline taylor permalink
    February 9, 2016

    How wonderful Cruikshank was, these are all brilliant, and they certainly do stand the test of time as his observation and graphic design skills are second to none. Thank you again GA. If only we had artists like this now!!

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