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George Cruikshank’s Comic Alphabet

January 23, 2019
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

6 Responses leave one →
  1. Annie permalink
    January 23, 2019

    Very Dickensian.

  2. Karen Chapman permalink
    January 23, 2019

    How wonderful! These made me laugh. I think X is my favourite!

    Just the thing to cheer up a very cold January day.

    Thank you

    Greetings to you GA, from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

  3. Richard permalink
    January 23, 2019

    Quite brilliant. Seems he’d just been to the zoo. Paganini gets a look in.

  4. Jill Wilson permalink
    January 23, 2019

    Amusing, Brilliant, Comic, Droll, Entertaining, Funny, Grotesque, Hysterical, Imaginative,
    Joyous, Knowing, Laugh-out-loud, Magical, Nonsense, Observational, Priceless, Quaint, Ridiculous, Silly, Tittermaking, Unserious, Virtuosic, Witty, Xtraordinary, Yoomerous (I’m struggling here!) and Zany…

  5. January 23, 2019

    Any illustrated alphabet that includes “Y for Yawning” is tops with me. What a hearty array of
    eccentric characters, costumes, surroundings, and folk lore. Now, help me out — Exactly
    WHO were Isaac and John?

    Many thanks, GA!

  6. Stephen Barker permalink
    January 24, 2019

    I have a reprint of this which is folded up like a concertina. Either D for Dining Out, E for Equality and L for Latitude and Longitude are my favourites. All the designs so show wit and imagination combined with character.

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