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Cruikshank’s London Almanack, 1835

April 3, 2024
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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  1. April 3, 2024

    I love these old prints! It’s quite sad that some of these festivals are less widely celebrated – even I remember dancing around a maypole at primary school, and asking for a penny for the rather rubbish Guy.
    I love looking at the fashion’s of the day and seeing glimpses of old London. I often seek out old images to help me to visualise the period that I am writing about in my own blog posts. Fascinating, thanks GA.

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