George Cruikshank illustrations, travel manuscript, and letter, circa 1810, 1853-1870


Collection Overview

George Cruikshank illustrations, travel manuscript, and letter
Dates (Inclusive):
circa 1810, 1853-1870
Cruikshank, George
This collection includes 46 etchings by Cruikshank, a 12-page manuscript with Cruikshank's remarks on a sequel to the baron Munchausen cycle of stories, and a letter to Francis Fuller.
Collection Number:
1 Linear Feet
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Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.

Biographical Note

George Cruikshank was a British artist, specializing in caricature. His early career featured caricatures and illustrations on political themes, including a successful series of pamphlets created with William Hone. In his later years, he concentrated on theatrical caricatures and illustrations for literary works, including notable collaborations with Charles Dickens.

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Scope and Content note

The collection consists of 22 illustrations by Cruikshank from Grimm's book German Popular Stories and 24 Etchings from Cruikshank's series The Fairy Library.

There is also a manuscript containing Cruikshank's remarks on a sequel to the Baron Munchausen cycle of stories, compiled by R.E. Raspe. Cruikshank provided illustrations for several editions of Munchausen in English, circa 1810-1820, and this manuscript may date from the same period. The text includes passages from a narrative, with notes.

Finally, there is a letter from Cruikshank to Francis Fuller, July 2, 1870, inviting Fuller to view the model for Cruikshank's design of a monument to Robert the Bruce; and also mentions the Fairy Library.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George Cruikshank Illustrations, travel manuscript and letter, RBM 4062, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The travel manuscript was donated to the Special Collections Library by Allison Philip Shelley in 1974, and the Fuller letter was donated by Charles T. Bulter in 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Cruikshank, George

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