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George Cruikshank’s London Summer

June 19, 2020
by the gentle author

JULY 1838 – Flying Showers in Battersea Fields

Should you ever require it, here is evidence of the constant volatility of English summer weather, courtesy of George Cruikshank’s Comic Almanack published by Henry Tilt of Fleet St annually between 1835 & 1853, illustrating the festivals and seasons of the year for Londoners. (Click on any of these images to enlarge)

JUNE 1835 At the Royal Academy

JUNE 1836 – Holidays at the Public Offices

JUNE 1837 – Haymaking

JULY 1835 At Vauxhall Gardens

JULY 1836 – Dog Days in Houndsditch

JULY 1837 – Fancy Fair

AUGUST 1836 – Bathing at Brighton

AUGUST 1837 – Regatta

SEPTEMBER 1835 – Bartholomew Fair

SEPTEMBER 1837 – Cockney Sportsmen

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George Cruikshank’s Comic Alphabet

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  1. Pauline Taylor permalink
    June 19, 2020

    Wonderful, what else can one say, just wonderful.

  2. June 19, 2020

    Greetings from Boston,

    GA, I enjoyed those delightful summer scenes depicted by George Cruikshank almost two centuries ago. The one of the Royal Academy reminded me of visiting that great June show a few years back.

    It was a gorgeous day strolling along Picadilly, checking out Hatchard’s Bookstore. I found a great bio there that day of Sir Christopher Sykes (recall the maligned Sykes/Picot pact) that I never would have found on this side of the pond.

    Really missing London today and the way thing used to be…

  3. June 19, 2020

    Wonderful Pictures!!! Thank You So Much!! ???????

  4. Jonathan van Halbert. permalink
    June 19, 2020

    He was indeed a wonderful Caricaturist one of the best along side Gilray.. I used to buy

    them when I was a Student in London, they were so out of Fashion one could buy them

    for 6d Black and White, and 1/6d Coloured.. He also Illustrated the Microcosm of

    London in two volumes…

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