|Artist||Isaac Cruikshank after George Moutard Woodward|
|Published||London Pubd by Allen & West 15 Paternoster Row Decr. 31. 1796.|
|Dimensions||Image and sheet 240 x 180 mm|
Plate 50 to 'Eccentric Excursions, or. Literary & Pictorial sketches of Countenance, Character and Country, in ..... England & South Wales'. The print shows 9 heads of undergraduates in three rows. They all wear mortar-boards and gowns.
Isaac Robert Cruikshank (1764-1811), was a Scottish painter and caricaturist. Born in Edinburgh, he studied with a local artist, possibly John Kay, and travelled to London in 1783. He married Mary MacNaughton in 1788 and had five children, including the caricaturists Isaac Robert Cruikshank (1789-1856) and George Cruikshank (1792-1878). He produced work for various publications including 'Edinburgh types' (c.1784), 'Witticisms and Jests of Dr Johnson' (1791), and George Shaw's 'General Zoology' (1800–26). Through his caricatures, Cruikshank and Gillray developed the figure of John Bull. He worked with the publishers John Roach, S. W. Fores and Johnny Fairburn. He also collaborated with his son George. Cruikshank died of alcohol poisoning as the result of a drinking contest.
George Moutard Woodward (1760 – 1809) was an English amateur caricaturist and humorous writer. Nicknamed 'Mustard George', Woodward had a somewhat crude but energetic style. Widely published in the Caricature magazine and elsewhere, his drawings were nearly all etched by others, primarily Thomas Rowlandson, but also Charles Williams and Isaac Cruikshank. He was described by Dorothy George as 'an very considerable figure in caricature: he was original, prolific and varied'.
BM Satires 8976.
Condition: Surface dirt and toning to sheet.