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Cruikshank’s London Almanac, 1835

April 10, 2021
by the gentle author

In 1835, George Cruikshank drew these illustrations of the notable seasons and festivals of the year in London for The Comic Almanack published by Charles Tilt of Fleet St. Produced from 1835 – 53, distinguished literary contributors included William Makepeace Thackeray and Henry Mayhew, but I especially enjoy George Cruikshank’s drawings for their detailed observation of the teeming street life of the capital. (Click on any of these images to enlarge)

JANUARY Everybody freezes

FEBRUARY Valentine’s Day

MARCH March winds

APRIL April showers

MAY – Sweeps on May Day

JUNE At the Royal Academy

JULY At Vauxhall Gardens

AUGUST – Oyster day

SEPTEMBER – Bartholomew Fair

OCTOBER – Return to Town

NOVEMBER – Penny for the Guy

DECEMBER Christmas

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. Richard Smith permalink
    April 10, 2021

    Mr Cruikshank’s illustrations repay close observation! I particularly like the April Showers scene. I see the folk sheltering from the rain in the entrance to Bath Court and of course the Umbrella Depot takes centre stage. The whole scene takes place in St Swithin’s Lane and to the right it appears that one of the new fangled shower cubicles is for sale. Bravo!

  2. Saba permalink
    April 10, 2021

    He loved to draw crowds, so this is poignant during the shutdown.

  3. April 11, 2021

    Since no one else has said it, I shall… rest in peace Prince Philip. May angles wings carry you to the light of the Lord. Please hold the Queen and family in your loving arms at this very sad time.

  4. Richard permalink
    April 12, 2021

    I love the Christmas picture. The faces, expressions, laughing mouths. You can almost hear this picture!

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