Volume 1: 1792-1835
Hardback 518pp Illustrated
9780718828721   Product Code: 20912
George Cruikshank (1792-1878) was one of the most popular and prolific illustrators of the 19th century, producing 12,000 cartoons, drawings and prints over the course of his long life. Despite his importance, he has never been the subject of a major biography. Drawing on more than 8,500 unpublished letters and other sources, this engaging, energetic narrative sets the record straight, putting Cruikshank's achievement into the political, social, artistic and literary context of his times.
Volume 1 describes Cruikshank's background and his rise to become the successor to Rowlandson and Gillray, an incisive satirist of Regency society and a passionate supporter of Reform.