"Sons of Neptune Shaving a Landsman",
Subject: Comic - Ships
Period: 1860 (circa)
Color: Printed Color
9.5 x 7 inches
24.1 x 17.8 cm
Very funny illustration by George Cruickshank showing a group of hilariously dressed sailors about to 'shave' a newcomer with an outrageously outsized razor. Subtitled 'A humorous ceremony performed by Sailors upon every person when first crossing the Line'. Nice example of early printed color. George Cruikshank was a caricaturist in London who illustrated two of Charles Dickens books, Sketches by Boz and Oliver Twist, and also supplied the drawings for Bentley's Miscellany, a journal edited by Dickens. He also did political sketches for both the Radicals and the Tories, and many powerful attacks on the use of alcohol.
Soft crease just into print at lower right and light stains in blank margins. Brown paper hinge on verso of top margin.