George Cruikshank was a nineteenth-century British artist, engraver, and illustrator. He is best-known for his political graphic satires, book illustrations, temperance propaganda pieces The Bottle (1847) and its sequel The Drunkard’s Children (1848), and the enormous oil painting The Worship of Bacchus (1862). Praised as “the modern Hogarth”, he produced over 10,000 works in his lifetime. Other notable artistic influences include Rowlandson, Gillray, and Woodward, noted satirists of the late-eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Cruikshank was the second son of Isaac and Mary (MacNoughton) Cruikshank, born on 27 September, 1792 in London. Isaac, a Scottish artist and engraver, was well-known for his works of graphic satire as well, and it was under his tutelage that George and
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