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The Comic Alphabet

January 24, 2023
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

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  1. Christine permalink
    January 24, 2023

    I love these characters ! Some situations have not changed either ! My favourite is the waistcoat!

  2. Cherub permalink
    January 24, 2023

    B for boots and W for waistcoat always make me laugh, there’s just something a bit daft about them.

  3. Richard permalink
    January 24, 2023

    What an artist. Must say the Singing picture is quite risqué with a bit of frottage going on!
    Loved them all.

  4. January 24, 2023

    What a boffo cast of characters! I’ve tried my hand at designing alphabets, and always wither at the prospects of “X” and “Z”…….for my limited imagination, they have been challenging. But
    “limits” was never a problem for Cruikshank, it seems. He would careen into alternative languages when necessary, and always went straight for the gags. With so many great characters to peruse, no wonder people were probably unconcerned with the verbiage.

    Thank you, “G” “A”.

  5. Saba permalink
    January 24, 2023

    While many of these are fun and silly, I cannot always quite understand what Cruikshank is saying. In “Isaac and John,” John insults Isaac, a caricature of a Jewish tailor. In “Nightmare,” the nightmare is another caricature, this time of someone from the Middle East. The animals in “Tantalizing” are cruelly teased. And, “Monkies” speaks to me of sickening racial hatred. Maybe Cruikshank wants to show the faults of the general public? I just don’t know.

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