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Cruikshank caricatute etching curious Junto of slandering elves

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Cruikshank - A curious Junto of slandering elves


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English 19th century social caricature by George Cruikshank.


A curious Junto of slandering elves, -or- list'ners seldom hear good of themselves.' Published by Thomas McLean in 1835, originally published by Hannah Humphrey in 1817. Three elderly women seated at a round tea-table listen avidly to scandal which the fourth gloatingly reads from a pile of letters. The latter's gouty foot rests on a footstool; a parroquet sits on the back of her chair; a cat and three kittens disport themselves at her feet and under the table. One of her listeners uses an ear-trumpet, another lets the hot water from the urn overflow the teapot and flood the table, whence it will reach the gouty foot. The table is enclosed by a curtain on a curved rod which serves as screen. Behind it (right) a fifth woman who, unlike the others, wears youthful and quasi-fashionable dress, with curls, frills, and flowers, listens in dismay. Behind her is the open door and the head of a staircase. Over the door is a Cupid, blindfolded and asleep, his bow unstrung. Books, together with the 'Morning Post', lie on the floor: 'The History of a Totoishell Male Cat in 3 Vols', illustrated with a print of a cat (see No. 11126); 'The Golden Dream'; 'Sermons against (the) Sin of Lying'; 'Moor's Almanack'. George Cruikshank was an English caricaturist and book illustrator, praised as the "modern Hogarth" during his life. His book illustrations for his friend Charles Dickens, and many other authors, reached an international audience. Feline interest.

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artist George Cruikshank (1792-1878)
method Etching
date 1835 (originally 1817)
size No
SKU CA5004