A Fine and Spirited Collection of Original Drawings by Robert Cruikshank For Two Closely Related Books - 'Finish to? Life in London' and 'The English Spy'CRUIKSHANK, Robert Isaac, artist. [A collection of eight original pen, pencil and watercolor drawings for Pierce Egan's Finish to? Life in London (1830) and Charles Molloy Westmacott's The English Spy (1825), six signed in full by the artist and one with initials].Oblong folio (10 x 14 inches; 253 x 355 mm.), each drawing tipped onto a window-mount. Housed in a fleece-lined, light brown buckram clamshell case with a green morocco lettering label on front panel and spine. With the bookplate of Joel Spitz on inside of clamshell case.Pierce Egan's Life in London: 1. The Hounds at Standstill. Signed in full (p. 105). 4 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches; 110 x 191 mm.2. The Death of Corinthian Tom. Signed in full (p.365). 4 1/2 x 7 11/16 inches; 115 x 195 mm.Westmacott's The English Spy:3. The Etonians at the Christopher. (volume 1, p. 57). 5 7/16 x 8 3/16 inches; 137 x 209 mm. With related ink drawing on the back (lower corner with repaired tear)4. The Opera Green Room. Signed in full and annotated. (volume 1, p. 225). 5 1/4 x 9 5/8 inches; 134 x 244 mm. (slight damage to lower margin)5. Tom Echo laid Up. Signed in full. (volume 1, p. 365). 7 1/4 x 8 13/16 inches; 184 x 224 mm. (with pencil version on the back)6. [The Daffy Club]. Signed with initials. (volume 1, p. 381). 5 1/4 x 9 1/16 inches; 133 x 229 mm.7. Family Men at Fault. Signed in full. (volume 1, p. 389). 6 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches; 164 x 252 mm. (related pen drawing on the back)Unidentified:8. [A Man Teaching a Young Boy How to Use a Bow and Arrow]. Signed in full. 5 9/16 x 8 1/16 inches; 141 x 206 mm.Provenance: The Cumberland Collection (Egan drawings); Sir B.W. Richardson (Westmacott drawings) Purchased at the Woodin sale, 15 March 1942. A fine and spirited collection of original drawings by Robert Cruikshank for two closely related books.Robert Isaac Cruikshank (1789-1856), caricaturist and portrait painter, was the older brother of famed caricaturist George Cruikshank, both of whom learned the trade in the studio of their father, the caricaturist and painter, Isaac Cruikshank. "His father's declining health made Robert Cruikshank's assistance in the studio imperative?He did not execute many autographed caricatures until 1818-19, when the craze for velocipedes (early bicycles) and dandified dressing by men and women attracted his pencil?[His] unflattering caricatures of the species between 1818 and the mid-1820s exposed their superficiality, their self-proclaimed exclusivity, and their often tawdry stratagems for dressing and living on slender means."From 1820 to 1827 Cruikshank produced at least 400 images?In the later 1820s Robert Cruikshank illustrated a number of notable books. Often they were sequels to previous successes to which he and his brother George had contributed?Beyond 1830 the records of Robert Cruikshank's achievements are scanty. Wood-engravings for a number of little books for minor publishers such as William Kidd were collected and reprinted as Facetiae (2 vols., 1831). These run the gamut of familiar subjects-theatre, fashionable life, tourism, witches, and devils?"As a boy Robert Cruikshank had injured his head in a riding accident; to that, as well as to whisky toddies, was attributed his marked decline in the later 1840s. His behaviour became more and more erratic: sober and sensible for weeks at a time, he would suddenly burst forth with some freakish prank or all-night carouse? His family finances deteriorated?During the winter of 1856 Robert Cruikshank caught bronchitis. Unable to throw off the infection, he died on 13 March in his modest lodgings" (Robert L. Patten, 'Cruikshank, (Isaac) Robert (1789-1856)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004). Bookseller Inventory #
Title: A collection of eight original pen, pencil ...
Publisher: n.p.: , 1825
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