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George Cruikshank’s London Summer

July 7, 2022
by the gentle author

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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

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Jim Keltz permalink
    July 7, 2022

    What wonderful drawings. A terrific sense of humour. The regatta and the o Kent sportsman made me laugh out loud. Thank you

  2. Cherub permalink
    July 8, 2022

    The Royal Academy illustration made me laugh out loud – I loathe going to exhibitions where you can’t get near enough to see anything. And don’t get me started on rude people who walk in front of you when you’re looking at something!

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