Photo, Print, Drawing [Alcohol, Death, and the Devil] / Geo. Cruikshank.
About this Item
- [Alcohol, Death, and the Devil] / Geo. Cruikshank.
- Drawing shows a macabre Medusa with a skeletal head, dressed in a tunic, holding aloft a goblet of wine and exhorting a crowd of people. Behind her stands a devil who joins in the exhortation. Cruikshank was a popular illustrator and satirist who began campaigning against alcohol, especially gin, in the 1830s. In 1847, he renounced alcohol and became an enthusiastic supporter of the Temperance Movement in Great Britain.
- Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, artist
Created / Published
- [between 1830 and 1840]
- - Temperance--Great Britain--1830-1840
- - Demons--1830-1860
- - Death's head--1830-1840
- Cartoons (Commentary)--1830-1840.
- Cartoons (Commentary)--1830-1840
- - Title from exhibit checklist.
- - Caption label from exhibit Cartoon America: This image depicting a skeletal Medusa raising a cup of alcohol to the crowd, while the Devil enjoins them to imbibe, is a humorous yet biting commentary on the dangers of alcohol consumption. George Cruikshank, one of the most prolific illustrators and satirists working in England, began his career during the Golden Age of English Satire (1770-1820). In the 1820s, he successfully shifted to book illustration, including a collaboration with Charles Dickens. In 1847 he renounced alcohol and became an enthusiastic supporter of the temperance movement.
- - Forms part of: Art Wood Collection of Caricature and Cartoon.
- - Exhibited: Cartoon America: Highlights from the Art Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature, Library of Congress, 2006-2007.
- - Unprocessed in WOOD.Cruikshank.08
- 1 drawing : gouache over graphite underdrawing, color ; 13 x 14 cm (sheet)
Call Number/Physical Location
- Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2001:055-4 [item] [P&P]
- Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
- ppmsca 03349 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.03349
Library of Congress Control Number
- LC-DIG-ppmsca-03349 (digital file from original drawing)
- No known restrictions on publication.
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- Call Number: Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2001:055-4 [item] [P&P]
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Cruikshank, George, Artist. Alcohol, Death, and the Devil / Geo. Cruikshank. Great Britain, None. [Between 1830 and 1840] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2003674027/.
APA citation style:
Cruikshank, G. Alcohol, Death, and the Devil / Geo. Cruikshank. Great Britain, None. [Between 1830 and 1840] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2003674027/.
MLA citation style:
Cruikshank, George, Artist. Alcohol, Death, and the Devil / Geo. Cruikshank. [Between 1830 and 1840] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2003674027/>.