Tuesday, March 12, 2013

George Cruikshank: A Catalogue Raisonné

Yesterday, I wrote about the ambitious Charles Addams Catalogue Raisonné, a complete collection of the cartoonist's work currently being prepared by the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation. I noted that while I knew of no other cartoonist whose work has been collected in a catalogue raisonné, there was the notable example of caricaturist George Cruikshank (1792-1878). Whether Cruikshank qualifies as a cartoonist by today's standards I don't know, but he is one of the great English illustrators.

Author Albert M. Cohn published George Cruikshank: A Catalogue Raisonné, in 1924 more than 45 years after the artist's death.The edition size is 500. It has since undergone several reprintings.This catalogue raisonné limits itself to the years 1806-1877, which means it begins with the artist at about age 13 and ends at least a month before his death, when he was presumably too sick to produce any more artwork.

I was not familiar with this volume, but a current eBay listing provides a few good pictures. I'd say this was an outstanding effort for 1924. The price of 100 euros seems reasonable for one of only 500 copies, but the newer reprints may serve to keep the price low on this original edition because the information is readily available elsewhere.

George Cruikshank: A Catalogue Raisonné eBay Listing
George Cruikshank: A Catalogue Raisonné eBay Item Description

George Cruikshank: A Catalogue Raisonné by A. M. Cohn

George Cruikshank (c. 1840)
From the original painting by himself in the possession of the author
Hitherto unpublished

George Cruikshank: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Work Executed During the Years 1806-1877
With Collations, Notes, Approximate Values, Facsimiles, and Illustrations
by Albert M. Cohn.
London: "The Bookman's Journal," 1924

George Cruikshank
Wrapper to Jack Sheppard
 by W. Harrison Ainsworth, 1840
(No. 13)

George Cruikshank
Wrapper to Whom to Marry and How to Get Married
by The Brothers Mayhew, 1848
(No. 545)

George Cruikshank
Wrapper to Frank Fairlegh or Scenes from the Life of a Private Pupil
by Frank Smedley, 1850
(No. 754)

George Cruikshank
Napoleon: A Portrait of the Emperor at St. Helena 
(No. 1777)

George Cruikshank
Discarded frontispiece to The Universal Songster 
Vol. 1, 1825
(No. 820)


"Jack Sheppard"
George Cruikshank, Illustrations
Henry Purcell, Music


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